by Rudolph von Gottschall (1823 - 1909)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Marie, am Fenster sitzest du
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Marie, am Fenster sitzest du,
Du [einfach Bürgerkind]1,
Und siehst dem Spiel der Blüthen zu,
Verweht im Abendwind.

Der [Bürger]2, der vorüber geht,
Er lüftet fromm den Hut.
Du bist ja selbst, wie ein Gebet,
So fromm, so schön, so gut.

Die Blumenaugen seh'n empor
Zu deiner Augen Licht!
Die schönste Blum' im Fensterflor
Ist doch dein Angesicht.

Ihr Abendglocken, grüßet sie
Mit süßer Melodie!
O brech' der Sturm die [Blumen]3 nie,
Und nie dein Herz, Marie!

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Confirmed with Rudolph Gottschall, Die Göttin. Ein Hoheslied vom Weibe, Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe, 1853, page 27

1 Jensen: "liebes, süßes Kind"
2 Jensen: "Wandrer"
3 Jensen: "Blume"


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Line count: 16
Word count: 77

Marie, you sit at the window
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Marie, you sit at the window,
You [simple child of the townfolk]1,
And watch the playing of the blossoms,
Scattered by the evening wind.

The [burgher]2 who walks by,
He lifts his hat devoutly.
For, like a prayer, you are yourself
So saintly, so lovely, so good.

The eyes of the flowers look up
To the light of your eyes!
But the loveliest blossom in the
Flowery profusion round the window is your face.

Ye evening bells, greet her
With sweet melodies!
Oh may the storm never break the [flowers]3,
And never [break] your heart, Marie!

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Translations of title(s):
"Marie, am Fenster sitzest du" = "Marie, you sit at the window"
"Marie" = "Marie"

1 Jensen: "dear sweet child"
2 Jensen: "wanderer"
3 Jensen: "flower"


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Word count: 96