by Hans Schmidt (1854 - 1923)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Wer hat euch gesagt, ihr Birken
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wer hat euch gesagt, ihr Birken,
Schön das weiße Kleid zu wirken
Und den Kranz zu tun ins Haar,
Wie die Maid am Traualtar?

"Seit uns Sonnenstrahlen küssten,
Ist uns so, als ob wir müssten,
Da doch jeder, der verliebt,
Schön zu sein sich Mühe gibt."

Nun, so will ich mit euch Bäumen
Auch ein weißes Kleid mir säumen,
Will mir flechten einen Kranz,
Denn ich steh' in Liebe ganz.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Who told you, you birches", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 70

Who told you, you birches
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Who told you, you birches,
To weave your white gown beautifully
And to put a wreath in your hair,
Like the maiden before the altar at her wedding?

"Ever since we were kissed by sunbeams
It seemed to us as though we simply must,
Because everyone who is in love
Takes trouble over looking beautiful."

Then I, too, will with you trees
Hem myself a white dress,
I will weave myself a wreath,
For I am utterly in love.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-05
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Word count: 79