by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)

Die Schwestern
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Wir Schwestern zwei, wir schönen,
So gleich von Angesicht,
So gleicht kein Ei dem andern,
Kein Stern dem andern nicht.

Wir Schwestern zwei, wir schönen,
Wir haben [lichtebraune]1 Haar',
Und [flichst]2 du sie in einen Zopf,
Man kennt sie nicht fürwahr.

Wir Schwestern zwei, wir schönen,
Wir tragen gleich Gewand,
Spazieren auf dem Wiesenplan
Und singen Hand in Hand.

Wir Schwestern zwei, wir schönen,
Wir spinnen in die Wett',
Wir sitzen an einer Kunkel[,]
Wir schlafen in einem Bett.

O Schwestern zwei, ihr schönen,
Wie hat sich das Blättchen [gewend't]3!
Ihr liebet einerlei Liebchen --
[Und jetzt]4 hat das Liedel ein End'.

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Confirmed with Eduard Mörike, Gedichte, Dramatisches, Erzählendes, Zweite, erweiterte Auflage, Stuttgart: J.G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachf., 1961, pages 63-64.

1 Brahms: "nußbraun"
2 Brahms: "flichtst"
3 Brahms: "gewandt"
4 Brahms: "Jetzt"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De zussen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Siân Goldthorpe) (Christian Stein) , "The sisters", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Les sœurs", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Giulio Cesare Barozzi) , "Le sorelle", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Siân Goldthorpe , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 101

The sisters
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
We two sisters, we beauties
Our faces so similar,
Identical as two eggs,
Identical as two stars.

We two sisters, we beauties,
We have nut brown tresses,
If you plat them together,
You can't tell them apart.

We two sisters, we beauties
We dress the same,
Walking in the meadow,
And singing hand in hand.

We two sisters, we beauties,
We race each other at spinning,
We sit together in an alcove,
And sleep in the same bed.

O sisters two, you beauties
How the tables have turned,
You love the same sweetheart;
And now the song is over!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Siân Goldthorpe and Christian Stein, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 99