by Rudolph Baumbach (1840 - 1905)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Meine Sonne wurdest du, 
Ich ward ein Planete, 
Der sich ohne Rast und Ruh 
Um die Sonne drehte. 

Einmal blieb ich sonnenfern 
Vierundzwanzig Stunden. 
Mittlerweile war mein Stern 
Ohne Spur verschwunden. 

Und von meinem Augenpaar 
Schuppe fiel auf Schuppe. 
Meine Lebenssonne war 
Nichts als eine Schnuppe.

Confirmed with Rudolf Baumbach, Spielmannslieder, Leipzig: Verlag von A. G. Liebeskind, 1883, page 16.


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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You became my sun,
I became a planet
That, without rest and repose,
Orbited the sun.

Once I remained far from the sun
For twenty-four hours.
In the meantime my star
Had vanished without a trace.

And from this pair of eyes of mine
Scale after scale fell.
The sun of my life was
Nothing more than a shooting star.


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