Translation © by Emily Ezust

O Jugend, o schöne Rosenzeit
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Von allen schönen Kindern auf der Welt
Mir eines doch am meisten wohlgefällt;
Es hat ein rot Mündlein und dunkelbraunes Haar;
Wohl will ich es lieben auch ganz und gar.

Die Grübchen in den Wangen, 
Das Grübchen in dem Kinn,
Drin war mich gleich gefangen 
Mein ganzer leichter Sinn,

Und in die blauen Augen,
Seh' ich da recht hinein,
Da möcht' ich mein Lebtag
Gefangen drin sein!

O Jugend, o schöne Rosenzeit!
Die Wege, die Stege sind mit Blumen bestreut;
Der Himmel steht offen, man schaut die Engelein.
O könnt' ich, Herzliebsten, stets bei dir sein!


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "O youth, o lovely time of roses", copyright ©

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 96

O youth, o lovely time of roses
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Of all the lovely youths in the world
 there is one that pleases me the most;
 he has a red mouth and dark brown hair;
 well will I love him forever and more.
 The dimples in his cheeks,
 the dimple in his chin,
 there was I held captive,
 with my entire light-hearted mind,
 and in those blue eyes
 I looked well;
 my entire life's days I would
 spend captivated there!
 O youth, o lovely time of roses!
 The paths and bridges are strewn with flowers;
 the sky stands open and one can see angels.
 Would that I could remain with you, darling of my heart!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 106