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by Ludwig Bowitsch (1818 - 1881)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Und sitz ich in der Schenke 
beim vollen Glase Wein:
so denk' ich dein in Ehren, 
lieb Weib, so hold und rein!

Und gibt sein [tiefstes]1 Fühlen 
der ein' und andre kund,
so leer' ich dir zu Ehren 
das Glas bis auf den Grund.

Und schreit' ich auch als Zecher 
oft über Maß und Ziel,
so denk' ich, dir zu Ehren 
geschieht doch nie zu viel.

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Confirmed with Ludwig Bowitsch, Liederbuch, Wien: A. Pichler's Witwe & Sohn, 1866, page 143.

1 Silcher: "tiefes"


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  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Apology", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Bertram Kottmann , Melanie Trumbull

This text was added to the website: 2004-06-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
And when I sit in the tavern over a glass full of wine,
then I honour you, my beloved wife, so dear and pure!
And if one or the other expresses his deep feelings,
then I empty the glass to the bottom in honour of you.
And when I often go too far in a carousal,
then I think that I can never do too much in honour of you.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-06-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 70