by Moritz Horn (1814 - 1874)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Was klingen denn die Hörner
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
 Was klingen denn die Hörner
 Im Morgendämmerschein,
 Was bringen sie ein Ständchen
 Vor ihrem Kämmerlein?
 Hochzeit wird gefeiert!
 Wörtlein, ach so süß,
 Schlüsslein zu dem trauten
 Hochzeit wird gefeiert!
 Röslein, auf, erwach'!
 Fei're froh noch deinen
 Letzten Mädchentag!

 Die Kirchenglocken klingen,
 Und vor des Heilands Bild
 Hat sich aus ihrem Traume
 Die Wahrheit schön enthüllt.

 Den Bund der treuen Herzen
 Hat Priestermund geweiht,
 Den Schwur der treuen Liebe
 Schrieb ein die Ewigkeit.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-09-13
Line count: 23
Word count: 76

Why are the horns resounding
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Why are the horns resounding
 In the dim early light of morning?
 Why are they performing a serenade
 Before the door of her chamber?
 Nuptials are being celebrated!
 Word, ah so sweet!
 It is the key to the snug
 Paradise of marriage!
 Nuptials are being celebrated!
 Little Rose, get up, awaken,
 Celebrate happily
 The last day of your maidenhood!

 The churchbells ring,
 And before the Saviour's image
 From out of their dream
 Reality has revealed itself beautifully.

Women's Chorus:
 The union of [their] faithful hearts
 Has been sanctified by the priest,
 Their vow of faithful love
 Has been recorded by eternity.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-09-13
Line count: 23
Word count: 103