Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Schäfer und Schäferin
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Lustig ists auf grüner Heid, 
Man thut mich Schäfer nennen.
Ich weiß ein Schäflein ganz allein, 
Das will ich schon bekommen.
Im Winter war es in dem Wald, 
Im Sommer auf grüner Au,
Da hab ich meinen Aufenthalt 
Bei einer Schäfersfrau.

"Und wenn du bei mir [Schäfersfraun]1 
Willst eine Freude haben, 
So darfst herein zu mir dich traun, 
Darfst weiter niemand [fragen]2! 
Die Schäflein gehn auf grüner Heid,
Wir tanzen so herum, 
Gar lustig sind wir [jederzeit]3, 
Drum sei mir nun willkomm!"

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Confirmed with Franz Ludwig Mittler (ed.), Deutsche Volkslieder, Marburg und Leipzig: N.G. Elwert'scher Verlag, 1856, page 920.

1 Wagner: "Schäfersfrau"
2 Wagner: "sagen"
3 Wagner: "jeder Zeit"

Authorship

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

  • by Siegfried Wagner (1869 - 1930), "Schäfer und Schäferin", 1897, published 1903 [ voice and piano ], in the collection Im Volkston: moderne Volkslieder komponiert für Die Woche, Druck und Verlag von August Scherl G.m.b.H. Berlin [sung text checked 2 times]

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Shepherd and shepherdess", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2011-05-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 82

Shepherd and shepherdess
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
It is cheerful upon the green heath,
One calls me shepherd.
I know a little sheep all alone,
I shall get it yet.
In wintertime it was in the forest,
In summertime upon the green meadow;
There I have my sojourn
At the abode of a shepherdess.

"And if you wish to have some fun
With me, a shepherdess,
Then you may dare to enter here,
You may not [ask]1 anyone else!
The little sheep amble on the green heath,
We dance around thus,
We are very merry all the time,
Therefore be welcome to me!"

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1 Wagner: "tell"

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2021 by Sharon Krebs, (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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This text was added to the website: 2021-08-01
Line count: 16
Word count: 96