Translation Singable translation © by Paridam von dem Knesebeck (c1911 - 2000) and by Eva Hesse (1925 - 2020)

Minstrel man
Language: English 
Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter
And my throat
Is deep with song,
You do not think
I suffer after
I have held my pain
So long.

Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter,
You do not hear my inner cry?
Because my feet
Are gay with dancing
You do not know
I die?

Confirmed with Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, herausgegeben und übertragen von Eva Hesse und Paridam von dem Knesebeck, München: Nymphenburger Verlag, 1953, page 24.


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Bänkelsänger
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Nur weil mein Mund
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Confirmed with Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, herausgegeben und übertragen von Eva Hesse und Paridam von dem Knesebeck, München: Nymphenburger Verlag, 1953, page 25.

1 Reutter: "Vom"
2 Reutter: "mein"

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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-21
Line count: 16
Word count: 55