by Siegfried Kapper (1821 - 1879)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Schwor ein junges Mädchen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Serbian (Српски) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Schwor ein junges Mädchen:
Blumen nie zu tragen,
Niemals Wein zu trinken,
Knaben nie zu küssen.
Gestern schwor das Mädchen -
Heute schon bereut es:
"Wenn ich Blume trüge,
Wär' ich doch noch schöner!
Wenn ich Rotwein tränke,
Wär' ich doch noch froher!
Wenn den Liebsten küßte,
Wär' mich doch noch wohler!"

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Voorbarige eed", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , no title, copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Serment irréfléchi", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Serment irréfléchi
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Une jeune fille jura :
Ne jamais porter des fleurs,
Ne jamais boire du vin,
Ne jamais embraser des garçons.
Hier la jeune fille jura -
Aujourd'hui déjà elle regrette :
« Si je portais des fleurs,
Je serais tellement plus belle !
Si je buvais du vin rouge,
Je serais tellement plus gaie !
Si j'embrassais mon bien-aimé,
Je me sentirais tellement plus heureuse ! »


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Text added to the website: 2013-10-14 00:00:00
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