by Anonymous / Unidentified Author and sometimes misattributed to William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) and sometimes misattributed to Ludwig Wilhelm Friedrich Seeger (1810 - 1864)

How should I your true love know
Language: English  after the English 
Available translation(s): ITA
How should I your true love know
From another one?
By his cockle hat and staff,
And his sandal shoon.

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Note: this is often referred to as the Walsingham Ballad, and is quoted in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5. Ophelia is singing.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's poem An old song ended refers to this song.


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Last modified: 2019-07-24 13:19:56
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Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): DUT FRE
Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb
Vor [den]1 Andern nun?
An dem Muschelhut und Stab
Und den Sandalschuh'n?

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Confirmed with Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark, übersetzt von Karl Simrock, in: William Shakspear’s[sic] sämmtliche dramatische Werke in neuen Uebersetzungen, Leipzig: Georg Wigand’s Verlag, [no year], page 686

Note: according to The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, ed. by Charles Youmans, Seeger is listed as the translator of Hamlet, but Seeger's translations are quite different. Simrock and Seeger are listed together as the translators for the ten-volume set.

1 omitted by Strauss

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , no title, copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-29 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-07-24 12:31:06
Line count: 4
Word count: 17