by Friedrich Hermann Frey (1839 - 1911), as Martin Greif
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Die Schnitterin
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Vor einem grünen Walde,
Da liegt ein sanfter Rain,
Da sah ich auf der Halde
Ein rosig Mägdelein.

Das fährt mit ihrer blanken,
Geschliffnen Sichel 'rum
Und mähet in Gedanken
Die schönsten Blümlein um.

Kuckuck ruft immer weiter
Im Holz den ganzen Tag
Und alles prophezeit er,
Was ihr gefallen mag.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The reaping girl", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2008-08-26
Line count: 12
Word count: 51

The reaping girl
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Before a green forest,
There lies a soft border [of grass]
There I saw on the hillside
A rosy maiden.

She thrashes about
With her shiny, sharp sickle,
Thoughtlessly mowing down
The most beautiful flowers.

The cuckoo continues to call
In the wood all day long,
And he foretells everything
That could please her.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-26
Line count: 12
Word count: 54