by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Leon Malinofsky

Am Fenster stand die Mutter
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Am Fenster stand die Mutter,
Im Bette lag der Sohn.
"Willst du nicht aufstehn, Wilhelm,
Zu schaun die Prozession?"

"Ich bin so krank, o Mutter,
Daß ich nicht hör und seh;
Ich denk an das tote Gretchen,
Da tut das Herz mir weh." -

"Steh auf, wir wollen nach Kevlaar,
Nimm Buch und Rosenkranz;
Die Muttergottes heilt dir
Dein krankes Herze ganz."

Es flattern die Kirchenfahnen,
Es singt im Kirchenton;
Das ist zu Köllen am Rheine,
Da geht die Prozession.

Die Mutter folgt der Menge,
Den Sohn, den führet sie,
Sie singen beide im Chore:
"Gelobt seist du, Marie!"

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  • ENG English (Leon Malinofsky) , "A Pilgrimage to Kevlaar", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-14
Line count: 20
Word count: 99

A Pilgrimage to Kevlaar
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The mother watched the window;
In bed lay her sick son.
"Will you not rise up, William,
And see the procession?"
"I am so ill, oh Mother,
That I can't hear or see;
I think of poor dead Gretchen,
And so my heart hurts me."
"Stand up, we'll go to Kevlaar,
With Book and rosary;
And God's beloved mother
Will heal thy heart for thee."
Their church flags are aflutter,
They sing in sacred tone;
It is to Koellen in Rhineland
Where goes the procession.
The mother leads her son,
They trail the company,
They both sing out in chorus:
"Praise be to you, Marie!"


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This text was added to the website: 2007-12-10
Line count: 20
Word count: 105