by Karl Pannier (1854 - 1931)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Wer gab dir, Minne, die Gewalt
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Mittelhochdeutsch 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wer gab dir, Minne, die Gewalt,
Daß du so allgewaltig bist?
Du zwingest beide, jung und alt,
Dagegen gibt es keine List.
Ich lobe Gott, seit deine Band
Mich sollen fesseln, seit so recht ich hab erkannt
Wo treuer Dienst sei an der Zeit,
Da weich ich niemals ab: O Gnade, Königinne, 
Laß sein mein Leben dir geweiht!

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Confirmed with Walthers von der Vogelweide Sämmtliche Gedichte. Aus dem Mittelhochdeutschen übertragen von Karl Pannier, Leipzig, Reclam, 1876, p. 43


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The power of love", copyright ©

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The power of love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Who gave you, Love, the power
that makes you so omnipotent?
You compel both young and old,
and against you, cunning is no use. 
I praise God, since your bonds
shall shackle me, since I rightly recognize
that it is time for true servitude,
and I will never deviate: O mercy, Queen, let my life be devoted to you!


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Word count: 59