Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Serbian (Српски) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
[Schwester rief den Bruder in die Sonne:]1
"Komm, o Bruder, in die helle Sonne,
Daß wir uns am Sonnenstrahl erwärmen
[Und]2 den prächt'gen Anblick [dorten]3 schauen!
Sieh', die straußgeschmückten Hochzeitleute!
Wohl dem Haus, wo sie sich hinbegeben!
Wessen Haus [mag wohl des Zuges]4 harren?
Wessen Mutter die Geschenk' austeilen?
Wessen Bruder Wein mit ihnen trinken?
Wessen Schwester unter ihnen sitzen?" --

[Aber ihr entgegnete der Bruder:]1
"Schwesterchen, sei dessen froh und fröhlich!
Unser Haus ist's, das der Gäste harret,
Unsre Mutter, so die Gaben austeilt,
Ich der Bruder, der mit ihnen Wein trinkt,
Du die Schwester, die bei ihnen sitzet."

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1 omitted by Loewe
2 Loewe: "Daß"
3 Loewe: "dort wir"
4 Loewe: "wohl mag der Gäste"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Surprise", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Surprise", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2005-07-28
Line count: 16
Word count: 99

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
[The sister called her brother out into the sunshine:]1
"Come, oh brother, into the bright sunshine,
That we may warm ourselves by the sunbeam,
[And]2 gaze upon the glorious view there!
See the wedding party, adorned with bouquets!
Hail the house to which they go!
Whose house might it be that awaits the [procession]3?
Whose mother shall distribute the gifts?
Whose brother shall drink wine with them?
Whose sister shall sit among them?" --
[But her brother replied to her: ]1
"Little sister, be happy and joyful!
It is our house that awaits the guests,
Our mother who distributes the gifts,
I the brother who drinks wine with them,
You the sister who sits among them."

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1 omitted by Loewe
2 Loewe: "That we may"
3 Loewe: "guests"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-11-17
Line count: 16
Word count: 115