by Georg Friedrich Daumer (1800 - 1875)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Komm, Mädchen, an dein Fenster
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Komm, [Mädchen]1, an dein Fenster, 
Komm, wenn die Schatten düstern, 
Komm, wenn die Sterne funkeln, 
Und halte deine Wacht! 
Ich werde dir im Dunkeln, 
Ein Wörtchen, ein geheimes, 
Zigeunerisches, flüstern; 
Dann rette dich in's Freie, 
Dann wirf dich an die Brust mir, 
Dann fliehe mit dem Liebsten 
Vertraulich in die Nacht.

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1 Hasse: "Liebchen"; further changes may exist not noted above.


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Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2008-07-24
Line count: 11
Word count: 51

Come, maiden, to your window
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Come, maiden, to your window,
come when the shadows grow dark,
come, when the stars twinkle,
come, and end your vigil.
I will whisper to you in the darkness
one little word, an arcane word 
known [only] to the Romani!
Then you will escape to freedom,
then you will throw yourself on my breast,
then you will flee with your beloved
in secret through the night.

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Translation of titles
"Zigeunerisches Ständchen" = "Romani serenade"
"Zigeunerständchen" = "Romani serenade"

Note for line 7: "Zigeunerisches" refers to the Romani people, formerly known pejoratively as "Gypsies".


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This text was added to the website: 2020-02-06
Line count: 11
Word count: 66