Translation © by Laura Prichard

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG
Wach auf, mein Kind, steh auf geschwind,
sobald der Hahn die Flügel schwingt
und dir von vier od'r fünfen kräht;
der kommt zu spät, der sich lang dreht
und wälzet in den Federn um,
faulenzend hier und dort herum.

Bei deinem leichten weißen Kleid
der Unschuld denk und Reinigkeit,
und wann dein Seel ist rein und weiß,
vor Flecken hüt dich alles Fleiß,
wasch dich in Reu und Herzeleid,
so bleibt schneeweiß dein himmlisch Kleid.

Wer blindlich rote Rosen bricht,
gar leicht sich in die Dornen sticht,
was vorgetan und nachbedacht,
hat manchen großen Schaden bracht;
denk alles vor, tu alles wohl,
als wenns dein letztes Wort sein soll.


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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Morgengezang", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Morning song", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2005-08-25
Line count: 18
Word count: 109

Morning song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Awake, my child, get up quickly,
for as soon as the cock flaps his wings
and crows four or five times,
he will be too late [to wake you on time]; he turns around
and fluffs his feathers,
lazily here and there.

In your simple white dress
representing innocence and purity,
when your soul is pure and white,
protect yourself from stains through industriousness,
cleanse yourself of old heartache through repentance,
and so your heavenly dress will remain snow-white.

He who blindly plucks red roses,
in spite of sticking himself on the thorns,
that which was rashly done and only considered later,
has caused great harm;
think everything through, do everything correctly,
as if each word were your last word on earth.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-14
Line count: 18
Word count: 122