by Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847 - 1885)
Translation by Frederick Delius (1862 - 1934)

Irmelin Rose
Language: Danish (Dansk) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Se, der var en Gang en Konge,
Mangen Skat han kaldte sin,
Navnet paa den allerbedste
Vidste hver var Irmelin,
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sol,
Irmelin Alt, hvad der var dejligt.

Alle Ridderhjelme spejled
Hendes Farvers muntre Pragt,
Og med alle Rim og Rythmer
Havde Navnet sluttet Pagt:
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sol,
Irmelin Alt, hvad der var dejligt.

Hele store Bejlerflokke
Der til Kongens Gaarde foer,
Bejlede med ømme Lader
Og med blomsterfagre Ord:
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sol,
Irmelin Alt, hvad der er dejligt!

Men Prindsessen jog dem fra sig
(Hjertet var saa koldt som Staal),
Lastede den Enes Holdning,
Vrænged ad den Andens Maal.
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sol,
Irmelin Alt, hvad der er dejligt !

W. Peterson-Berger sets stanzas 1-3

Modernized spelling (from the Elling score):
Se der var en gang en konge, 
mangen skatt han kalte sin,
navnet på den allerbeste visste hver var Irmelin,
Irmelin Rose, Irmelin Sol, 
Irmelin alt, hva der var deilig.

Alle ridderhjelme speilet 
hennes farvers muntre pragt,
og med alle rim og rytmer 
hadde navnet sluttet pakt:
Irmelin Rose, Irmelin Sol, 
Irmelin alt, hva der var deilig.

Hele store beilerflokke 
der til kongens gårde for,
beilede med ømme lader 
og med blomsterfagre ord:
Irmelin Rose, Irmelin Sol, 
Irmelin alt, hva der er deilig. 

Men prinsessen jog dem fra seg
(hjertet var så koldt som stål),
lastede den enes holdning, 
vrenget ad den andens mål.
Irmelin Rose, Irmelin Sol, 
Irmelin alt, hva der er deilig.

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  • ENG English [singable] (Aretta Werrenrath) , "Irmelin Rose"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Irmelin la rose", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 28
Word count: 115

Irmelin Rose
Language: English  after the Danish (Dansk) 
There was a King in days of old,
many treasures rare he owned;
he knew his daughter Irmelin
of all to be the rarest one,
Irmelin rose, 
Irmelin sun,
Irmelin loveliest of all!

Her bright image was reflected 
in the helmets of all the knights,
and with ev'ry rhyme and rhythm 
her fair name had been entwined:
Irmelin rose, 
Irmelin sun,
Irmelin loveliest of all!

Knights by hundreds, noble wooers 
thronged the castle of the King,
wooed the maid with tender bearing 
and with sweet and flowered words:
Irmelin rose, 
Irmelin sun,
Irmelin loveliest of all!

But the Princess would not listen, 
cold her heart was, cold as steel,
of some she mocked the clumsy bearing 
and laughed at others' ugly forms.
Irmelin rose, 
Irmelin sun,
Irmelin loveliest of all!

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Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website: 2003-12-07
Line count: 28
Word count: 130