by Otto Roquette (1824 - 1896)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Das beste Bier im ganzen Nest
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Das beste Bier im ganzen Nest,
Das schenkt Margret am Thore,
Derweil das frisch den Gaumen näßt,
Spricht hold Margret zum Ohre.
Steht vor der Thür ein Lindenbaum,
Da schenkt sie mir den kühlen Schaum,
   Margret, Margret am Thore.

Jüngst nächtens hatt ich keine Ruh,
Mir war so weh, so bange,
Da wandert ich der Linde zu,
Mein Leiden währt' nicht lange.
Der Mond ging auf so wundersam --
Margret, steh auf! Margreth, sie kam,
   Margret, Margret am Thore!

Und wandr' ich einstens wiedrum aus,
Das ganze Nest vergeß ich,
Margretlein hold im Lindenhaus,
Dein denk ich unablässig!
Der Mond, dazu die goldnen Stern',
Ach könnten sie's, sie sagten's gern,
   Margret, Margret am Thore!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Otto Roquette, Liederbuch, Stuttgart und Tübingen: J.G. Cotta’scher Verlag, 1852, pages 14-15


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The best beer in the whole hamlet
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The best beer in the whole hamlet 
Is served by Margret at the gate,
While it moistens one’s palate refreshingly,
Lovely Margret speaks into one’s ear.
Before the gate stands a linden tree,
There she serves me the cool foam,
   Margret, Margret at the gate.

Recently at night I could find no rest,
I felt so pained, so anxious,
So I wandered toward the linden tree,
My suffering did not go on for long.
The moon rose so wondrously --
Margret, get up! Margret, she came,
   Margret, Margret at the gate!

And when once more I leave town,
I shall forget the whole hamlet,
But dear lovely Margret in the linden house,
Of you I shall think unceasingly!
The moon, the golden stars alongside,
Ah if they could say it, they would say it gladly,
   Margret, Margret at the gate!

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Margreth am Thor" = "Margreth at the gate"
"Margareth am Thor" = "Margreth at the gate"
"Margreth am Tore" = "Margreth at the gate"
"Margreth am Thore" = "Margreth at the gate"
"Margret am Thore" = "Margret at the gate"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-04-12
Line count: 21
Word count: 139