by Siegfried Kapper (1821 - 1879)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Schwor ein junges Mädchen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Serbian (Српски) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Schwor ein junges Mädchen:
Blumen nie zu tragen,
Niemals Wein zu trinken,
Knaben nie zu küssen.
Gestern schwor das Mädchen -
Heute schon bereut es:
"Wenn ich Blume trüge,
Wär' ich doch noch schöner!
Wenn ich Rotwein tränke,
Wär' ich doch noch froher!
Wenn den Liebsten küßte,
Wär' mich doch noch wohler!"

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Voorbarige eed", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2019
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Serment irréfléchi", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 52

A young maiden swore
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A young maiden swore:
Never to wear flowers,
Never to drink wine,
Never to kiss boys.
Yesterday the maiden swore this --
Today she already regrets it:
"If I wore flowers,
I would be so much more lovely!
If I drank red wine,
I'd be so much more cheerful!
If I kissed my beloved,
I would feel so much better!"

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Translation of title "Vorschneller Schwur" = "A rash pledge"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-12-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 59