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Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Adam lay ybounden
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
[Adam lay ybounden]1,
Bounden in a bond,
Four thousand winter
Thought he not too long;

And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took,
As clerkës finden
Written in their book.

Né had [one]2 apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Né had never Our Lady
A been Heaven's Queen.

Blessèd be the time
That apple takèn was.
Therefore we moun singen:
Deo gratias!

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1 Britten: "Deo gracias! Deo gracias!/ Adam lay ybounden"
2 Ireland: "the"


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 16
Word count: 66

Adam lag gebunden
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Adam lag gebunden,
gebunden in der Sünd’,
vier tausend Winter
ihm nicht zu lange sind;

All dies für einen Apfel,
den Apfel, den er brach,
wie in den Schriften
ist zu lesen nach.

Wär er nicht gebrochen worden,
von ihm gebrochen worden,
dann wär’ Unsere Liebe Frau
nie Himmelskönigin geworden.

Gesegnet sei die Zeit,
da er ihn brach und aß.
Darob wir können singen:
Deo gratias!

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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-09
Line count: 16
Word count: 66