by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Charles James Pearson

Wie heißt König Ringangs Töchterlein?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Wie heißt König [Ringangs]1 Töchterlein?
  Rohtraut, Schön-Rohtraut.
Was tut sie denn den ganzen Tag,
Da sie wohl nicht spinnen und nähen mag?
  Tut fischen und jagen.
O, daß ich doch ihr Jäger wär'!
Fischen and Jagen freu'te mich sehr.
  -- Schweig' stille, mein Herze!

Und über eine kleine Weil',
  Rohtraut, Schön-Rohtraut,
So dient der Knab' auf Ringangs Schloß
[In]2 Jägertracht und hat ein Roß,
  Mit Rohtraut zu jagen.
O, daß ich doch ein Königssohn wär'!
Rohtraut, Schön-Rohtraut lieb' ich so [sehr]3.
  -- Schweig' stille, mein Herze!

Einstmals sie ruh'ten am Eichenbaum,
  [Da lacht]4 Schön-Rohtraut:
Was siehst [mich]5 an so wunniglich?
Wenn du das Herz hast, [küsse]6 mich!
  Ach! erschrak der Knabe!
Doch [denket]7 er: mir ist's vergunnt,
Und küssset Schön-Rohtraut auf den Mund.
  -- Schweig' stille, mein Herze!

Darauf sie ritten schweigend heim,
  Rohtraut, Schön-Rohtraut;
Es jauchzt der Knab' in seinem Sinn:
Und würdst du heute Kaiserin,
  Mich [sollt's]8 nicht kränken:
Ihr tausend Blätter im Walde wißt,
Ich hab' Schön-Rohtrauts Mund geküßt!
  -- Schweig' stille, mein Herze.

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View original text (without footnotes)
1 Rheinberger: "Ringans"
2 Distler, Rheinberger, Schumann: "In der"
3 Blech: "wahr"
4 Blech: "Rohtraut,"
5 Distler, Rheinberger, Schumann, Smyth: "du mich"
6 Blech: "so küsse"
7 Rheinberger: "denkt"
8 Rheinberger: "soll's"


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Mooie Rohtraut", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles James Pearson) , "Pretty Rohtraut", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Belle Rohtraut", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Charles James Pearson

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 32
Word count: 163

Pretty Rohtraut
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 What is King Ringang's daughter called?
 Rohtraut, pretty Rohtraut.
 What does she do the whole day long,
 since she probably doesn't spin or sew?
 She hunts and fishes.
 O that I were her hunter!
 I love hunting and fishing.
 Be silent, my heart!
 And after a little while,
 Rohtraut, pretty Rohtraut,
 so serves the boy in Ringang's castle
 in hunter's clothes and with a horse,
 to go hunting with Rohtraut:
 O that I were the King's son!
 Rohtraut, pretty Rohtraut, I love so much.
 Be silent, my heart!
 At first they rest by the oak tree,
 Rohtraut, pretty Rohtraut:
 Why do you look at me so wonderingly?
 If you have a heart, kiss me!
 Oh! the boy was startled!
 But he thought, I'm permitted,
 an kissed pretty Rohtraut on the lips.
 Be silent, my heart!
 After that they rode home in silence,
 Rohtraut, pretty Rohtraut;
 the boy rejoiced to himself;
 And if you became Empress today,
 I'd not grieve
 Thousands of your leaves in the forest know,
 I've kissed pretty Rohtraut's lips!
 Be silent, my heart!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 32
Word count: 177