by Karl Stieler (1842 - 1885)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG
Das war ein Tag voll Maienwind,
Da ist auf blauen Wogen
Zu Nonnenwörth ein Grafenkind
Gar lenzhold eingezogen.

Die war geheißen Irmingard;
Ich sah es, wie der Bangen
Kränzlein und Schleier eigen ward ...
Die Nonnen alle sangen.

Ihr aber fielen die Tränen drauf,
Die barg ich lang im Sinne;
Nun gingen sie mir im Herzen auf
Als Knospen süßer Minne.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L’abadia de Frauenwörth", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Frauenwörth", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-10-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
That was a day full of the winds of May,
There, upon blue waves,
A duke's child entered the nunnery,
[She was] as utterly lovely as spring.

She was called Irmingard;
I saw, how the apprehensive one
Was outfitted with wreath and veil . . .
All the nuns sang.

But her tears fell upon [wreath and veil],
[Tears,] which I long harboured in my spirit;
Now they have sprouted within my heart
As buds of sweet love.

Note: This abbey still exists today.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-03-11
Line count: 12
Word count: 78