by Otto Julius Bierbaum (1865 - 1910)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Laridah
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ach, mein Schatz ist durchgegangen,
Laridah!
Erst wollt ich ihn wiederfangen,
Laridah!
Doch dann hab ich mich besonnen:
Laridah!
Manch Verloren ist Gewonnen.
Laridah!

Zwar es war ein süßes Mädchen,
Laridah!
Und wir hatten manches Beetchen,
Laridah!
Nicht bloß Veilchen, Tulpen, Rosen,
Laridah!
Auch zwei Stämmchen Aprikosen.
Laridah!

Und wir wohnten ganz alleine,
Laridah!
Hatten Nachbarinnen keine,
Laridah!
Unser Nest war zungensicher,
Laridah!
Vor Gekeife und Gekicher.
Laridah!

Ach, nun sing ich all das Holde,
Laridah!
Was ich doch vergessen wollte.
Laridah!
Nein, das heißt nicht klug gesungen,
Laridah!
Denn der Hase ist entsprungen.
Laridah!

Treue war nicht seine Sache,
Laridah!
Drum ists besser, daß ich lache:
Laridah!
Wärs nicht gestern mir geschehen,
Laridah!
Müßt ich's morgen mich versehen.
Laridah!

Also, Herze, sei zufrieden,
Laridah!
Viele Hasen giebts hienieden,
Laridah!
Ist der eine dir entlaufen,
Laridah!
Kannst du einen andern kaufen.
Laridah!

Einen schönen, weichen, weißen,
Laridah!
Mucki-Nucki soll er heißen,
Laridah!
Ach, wie schlägt das Herz mir schnelle,
Laridah!
Springt er über meine Schwelle,
Laridah!

Below the title: "(Auf eine altenglische Melodie zur Zupfgeige zu singen.)"

Confirmed with Otto Julius Bierbaum, Irrgarten der Liebe, Berlin, Leipzig, 1901, pages 54-56.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Laridah", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Laridah", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2014-11-18
Line count: 56
Word count: 166

Laridah
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Alas, my beloved has run away on me,
Laridah! 1
At first I wanted to catch her again,
Laridah!
But then I thought about it:
Laridah!
Sometimes losing is actually winning.
Laridah!

To be sure, she was a sweet girl,
Laridah!
And we had many a flower bed,
Laridah!
Not only violets, tulips and roses,
Laridah!
We also had two little apricot trees.
Laridah!

And we lived all alone,
Laridah!
Had not a single neighbour,
Laridah!
And our nest was safe from wagging tongues,
Laridah!
[Safe from] nagging and giggling.
Laridah!

Ah, now I am singing about all the lovely things,
Laridah!
Which I wanted to forget.
Laridah!
No, such singing is not a smart thing to do,
Laridah!
For the rabbit has run away.
Laridah!

Faithfulness was not her thing,
Laridah!
Therefore it’s better that I laugh:
Laridah!
If it had not happened to me yesterday,
Laridah!
I would have had to look out for it tomorrow.
Laridah!

So, my heart, be contented,
Laridah!
There are many rabbits here on earth,
Laridah!
If one has run away on you,
Laridah!
You can buy another.
Laridah!

A lovely, soft, white one,
Laridah!
Mucki-Nucki shall be its name,
Laridah!
Ah, how quickly my heart pounds,
Laridah!
When [the rabbit] leaps across my threshold,
Laridah!

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1 "Laridah" is a nonsense vocable and was not translated.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-02-03
Line count: 56
Word count: 213