Ich armes Klosterfräulein!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA POR
[Ich]1 armes Klosterfräulein!
O Mutter! was hast du gemacht!
Lenz ging am Gitter vorüber,
[Hat]2 mir kein Blümlein gebracht.

[Ach]3, wie weit, weit [dort]4 unten
Zwei Schäflein gehen im Tal!
Viel Glück, ihr Schäflein, ihr [sahet]5
Den Frühling zum erstenmal!

[Ach]3, wie weit, weit [dort]4 oben
Zwei Vöglein fliegen in Ruh'!
Viel Glück, ihr Vöglein, ihr flieget
Der besseren Heimat zu!

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1 Winkler: "Ach ich"; Brahms and Kursch: "Ach, ach, ich"
2 Brahms: "und hat"
3 Brahms: "Ach, ach"
4 Brahms: "hier"
5 Winkler: "sehet"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Kloosterzustertje", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Siân Goldthorpe) (Christian Stein) , "The young nun", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Hélas, hélas, moi petite nonne", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Giulio Cesare Barozzi) , "La monachella", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Freirinha", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-10-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:56
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

The young nun
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ah, what a poor nun am I!
O  mother what have you done!
Spring passed by the bars
And brought me no flowers!

Ah, how far, how far below
Two lambs walk in the valley.
Good luck you lambs,
You've seen spring for the first time.

Ah, how far, how far above
Two birds fly in peace!
Good luck little birds,
You're flying to a better home.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Siân Goldthorpe and Christian Stein, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2003-10-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:56
Line count: 12
Word count: 67