by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ein Ringlein hat mein Liebster mir...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ein Ringlein hat mein Liebster mir gegeben,
  O meine Mutter, warum weinest du?
Und ich gelobt ihm Treu' auf Tod und Leben,
  O meine Mutter, sage Ja dazu! -- -- 
Und er ist jung, die Fremde wird ihn locken,
  O meine Tochter, wieder kehrt er nie.
Vom Thurme läuten schon die Sterbeglocken,
  O meine Tochter, horch! mich rufen sie.

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Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 214.


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My beloved has given me a ring
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My beloved has given me a ring,
  Oh my mother, why do you weep?
And I vowed to be faithful to him in death and in life,
  Oh my mother, say yes to it! -- -- 
And he is young, foreign lands shall entice him,
  Oh my daughter, he shall never return.
From the steeple the funeral bells are already tolling,
  Oh my daughter, hark! it is I whom they are calling.

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Translations of title(s):
"Zwiegespräch" = "Dialogue"
"Zwiesprach" = "Dialogue"


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