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Die Schwestern

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wir Schwestern zwei, wir schönen,
So gleich von Angesicht,
So gleich kein Ei dem andern,
Kein Stern dem andern nicht.

Wir Schwestern zwei, wir schönen,
Wir haben nußbraun Haar;
Und flichtst du sie in einem Zopf,
Man kennt sie nicht fürwahr.

Wir Schwestern zwei, wir schönen,
Wir tragen gleich Gewand,
Spazieren auf dem Wiesenplan
Und singen Hand in Hand.

Wir Schwestern zwei, wir schönen,
Wir spinnen in die Wett,
Wir sitzen an einer Kunkel,
Und schlafen in einem Bett.

O Schwestern zwei, ihr schönen,
Wie hat sich das Blättchen gewandt!
Ihr liebet einerlei Liebchen;
Jetzt hat das Liedel ein End!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

List of language codes

Submitted by Siân Goldthorpe


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Siân Goldthorpe) (Christian Stein) , title 1: "The sisters", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Giulio Cesare Barozzi) , title 1: "Le sorelle", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Les sœurs", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "De zussen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42

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Word count: 100

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Le sorelle

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Noi due sorelle, belle,
così uguali nei volti,
identiche come non son due uova,
identiche come non son due stelle.
Noi due sorelle, belle,
abbiamo i capelli castani;
se li unisci in una treccia,
non si saprebbero distinguere.
Noi due sorelle, belle,
portiamo lo stesso abito,
passeggiamo sul prato,
e cantiamo mano nella mano.
Noi due sorelle, belle,
facciamo a gara a filare,
sediamo alla stessa conocchia,
e dormiamo nello stesso letto.
Voi due sorelle, belle,
com'è cambiato il quadretto!
Amate lo stesso giovanotto;
qui finisce la canzoncina!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Die Schwestern" DUT ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms, Felix Draeseke, Karl Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, Emil Kauffmann, Ernst Friedrich Kauffmann, Franz Paul Lachner, Fritz Schieri, Manfred Schlenker, Othmar Schoeck, Justus Hermann Wetzel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-03-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:50

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Word count: 88