by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) and sometimes misattributed to Ludwig Wilhelm Friedrich Seeger (1810 - 1864)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag,
  So früh vor Sonnenschein
Ich junge Maid am Fensterschlag
  Will euer Valentin sein.
Der junge Mann [thät]1 Hosen an,
  [That]2 auf die Kammerthür,
Ließ ein die Maid, die als ['ne]3 Maid
  Ging nimmermehr herfür.
Bei [Sanct]4 Niklas und Charitas!
  Ein unverschämt Geschlecht!
Ein junger Mann thut's, wenn er kann,
  Fürwahr, das ist nicht recht.
Sie sprach: Eh' ihr gescherzt mit mir,
  Verspracht ihr mich zu frei'n.
Ich bräch's auch nicht, bei'm Sonnenlicht,
  Wär'st du nicht kommen herein.

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Confirmed with Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark, übersetzt von Karl Simrock, in: William Shakspear’s[sic] sämmtliche dramatische Werke in neuen Uebersetzungen, Leipzig: Georg Wigand’s Verlag, [no year], page 686

Note: according to The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, ed. by Charles Youmans, Seeger is listed as the translator of Hamlet, but Seeger's translations are quite different. Simrock and Seeger are listed together as the translators for the ten-volume set.

Note (provided by Sharon Krebs): Ophelia’s song is interrupted at several points by various other characters and herself. Those interruptions have not been included above.

1 Strauss: "tut"
2 Strauss: "Tät"
3 omitted by Strauss
4 Strauss: "Sankt"


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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) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Deuxième chant d'Ophélie", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-07-24 13:37:49
Line count: 16
Word count: 83

Good morning, it's Valentine's Day
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Good morning, it's Valentine's Day,
  So long before sunshine
I, a young maid at the window,
  Wish to be your valentine.
The young man on some trousers,
  Opened up the door to his chamber,
Let the maiden in, who as [a]1 maiden
  Nevermore came forth.
By Saint Nicholas and Charity!
  A shameless sex!
A young man does it whenever he can,
  Truly, that is not right.
She said: Before you jested with me,
  You promised to wed me.
By the sunlight, I would not break my word
  If you had not come in [to me].

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Translation of title "Zweites Lied der Ophelia" = "Second song of Ophelia"
1 omitted by Strauss


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Text added to the website: 2016-11-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-11-25 19:35:37
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Word count: 95