by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

O schick' mich nicht allein zum Brunnen...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Umbrian 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
O schick' mich nicht allein zum Brunnen fort;
Klein bin ich, Mutter, weiß mich nicht zu wehren.
Ein Knabe trifft mich auf dem Schulweg dort,
Der schwur, er wolle mich das Küssen lehren.
O Knabe, treib' es nicht zu arg; denn wisse:
Klein bin ich, doch ich will dir's nicht vergessen,
Und büßen sollst du einst für alle Küsse.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 11.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "At the well", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2010-02-28
Line count: 7
Word count: 59

At the well
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh do not send me off all alone to the well;
I am small, mother, and do not know how to defend myself.
A boy meets me there on the way to school,
He swore he wanted to teach me about kissing.
Oh young lad, do not overdo it, for know this well:
I am small, but I shall not forget what you did,
And someday you shall pay for all the kisses.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-12-06
Line count: 7
Word count: 73