by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Thomas A. Gregg

An dem reinsten Frühlingsmorgen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE ITA RUS
  An dem [reinsten]1 Frühlingsmorgen
Gieng die Schäferin und sang,
Jung und schön und ohne Sorgen,
Daß es durch die Felder [klang]2,
So la la! le ralla.
 
  Thyrsis bot ihr für ein Mäulchen
[Zwei,]3 drei Schäfchen gleich am Ort,
[Schalkhaft blickte sie]4 ein Weilchen;
Doch sie sang und lachte fort,
So la la! le ralla.
 
  Und ein Andrer bot ihr Bänder,
Und der Dritte bot sein Herz;
Doch sie trieb mit Herz und Bändern
So wie mit den Lämmern Scherz,
Nur la la! le ralla.

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Confirmed with Goethes Sämmtliche Werke: Vollständige Ausgabe in zehn Bänden, Erster Band, Stuttgart: Verlag der J.G. Cotta’schen Buchhandlung, 1875, pages 6-7. Note: modernized spelling would change "Gieng" to "Ging".

1 Cimarosa: "schönsten"
2 Cimarosa: "drang"
3 Cimarosa: "Da"
4 Cimarosa: "Sie besann sich nur"

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  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE ITA RUS ; composed by Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin.
  • Also set in English, a translation by John Bernhoff (flourished 1906-1908) FRE ITA RUS ; composed by Hans Hermann.

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "The coy shepherdess", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Revêche", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La ritrosa", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Неприступная", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The coy shepherdess
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
On the clearest spring morning
Went the shepherdess and she sang,
Young and lovely and carefree,
So that it range through the fields:
So lala! Lerallala!

Thyrsis offered her two,
No three lambs for a little kiss right there.
She looked at him roguishly a while,
Then she went away singing and laughing:
So lala! Lerallala!

And another offered her ribbons,
And the third his heart;
But she made fun of heart and ribbons
As with the lambs:
Only lala! Lerallala!

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Text added to the website: 2007-11-07 00:00:00
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