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Language: Polish (Polski)

Smutno niańki ci śpiewały,
A ja już kochałem,
A na lewy palecmały
Srebrny pierścień dałem.

Pobrali dziewczęta drudzy, 
Ja wiernie kochałem,
Przyszedł młody chłopiec cudzy,
Choć ja pierścień dałem.

Muzykantów zaproszono,
Na godach śpiewałem!
Innego zostałaś żoną,
Ja zawsze kochałem.

Dziś dziewczęta mnie wyśmiały,
Gorzko zapłakałem:
Próżnom wierny był i stały,
Próżno pierścień dałem.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER GER GER

List of language codes

Submitted by Gerhard Dangel


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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'anneau", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Georg Friedrich Reiß) , "Das Ringlein"
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Robert Hirschfeld) , "Das Ringlein"
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Max Kalbeck) , "Das Ringlein"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Ingrid Schmithüsen) (Janusz Mordasiewicz) , "Das Ringlein", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Das Ringlein

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Polish (Polski)

Traurig' Schlaflieder sangen Kindermädchen,
Da schon hatte ich dich lieb,
Auf deinen linken kleinen Finger
Streifte ich einen Silberring.

Derweil manch einer sich vermählte,
Habe ich dich treu geliebt,
Da kam ein fremder junger Mann,
Wiewohl ich einst dir gab den Ring.

Musikanten spielten auf,
Ich selber sang auf deiner Hochzeit,
Bist die Frau nun eines andern,
Immer hatte ich dich lieb.

Noch heute spotten mein die Mädchen,
Und ich weine bitterlich,
Vergebens war ich treu und stetig,
Vergebens gab ich dir den Ring.

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Text added to the website: 2013-05-22 00:00:00.

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