Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Könnst du meine Äuglein sehen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
[Könnst]1 du meine Äuglein [sehen]2,
Wie sie sind vom Weinen roth,
Ich soll in das Kloster gehen,
Und allein seyn bis in Tod.

Es sitzen auch zwey [Turteltäublein]3
Drüben auf [dem]4 grünen Ast,
Wenn die von einander scheiden,
So vergehen Laub und Gras.

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1 Wurm: "Könnt'st"
2 Elling, Franz: "seh'n"
3 Franz, Wurm: "Turteltäubelein"
4 Franz, Wurm: "einem"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Red eyes", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2007-07-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 43

Red eyes
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
If you could see my little eyes,
How they are red from weeping!
I am to go into a convent
And remain alone until death.
Two turtledoves as well are sitting
On [the]1 green branch yonder;
If they part ways,
Then the foliage and grass shall wither.

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1 Franz, Wurm: "a"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 47