Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Es wollt die Jungfrau früh aufstehn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG FRE
Es wollt [die Jungfrau]1 früh aufstehn,
Wollt in des Vaters Garten gehn,
Rot Röslein wollt sie brechen ab,
Davon wollt sie sich [machen]2,
Ein [Kränzelein wohl]3 schön.

Es sollt ihr Hochzeitskränzlein sein:
"Dem feinen Knab, dem Knaben mein,
Ihr Röslein rot, ich brech euch ab,
Davon will ich mir winden,
Ein [Kränzelein so]4 schön."

Sie [gieng im Grünen]5 her und hin,
Statt Röslein fand sie [Rosmarien]6:
"So bist du, mein Getreuer hin!
Kein Röslein ist zu finden,
Kein [Kränzelein so]4 schön."

Sie gieng im Garten her und hin,
Statt Röslein [brach]7 sie [Rosmarien]6:
"Das nimm du, mein Getreuer, hin!
Lieg bei dir unter Linden,
Mein Totenkränzlein [schön]8."

C. Sinding sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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1 Humperdinck: "ein Jungfrau"; Knab: "das Mädchen"; Banck : "ein Mädchen" ; further changes may exist not noted for Banck
2 Humperdinck: "binden"
3 Humperdinck: "Blumenkränzlein"
4 Humperdinck: "Hochzeitskränzlein"
5 d'Albert, Sinding: "ging im Garten"
6 d'Albert, Humperdinck, Sinding: "Rosmarin"
7 Sinding: "fand"
8 Sinding: "fein"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Bror Beckman.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Corien Sleeswijk) , "Rozemarijn", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Rosmarijn", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "The faithful lassie"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Rosemary", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 107

Rosemary
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A maiden wished to arise early,
Wished to go into her father's garden,
She wished to pick red roses,
From which she wished to make herself
A lovely wreath.

It was to be her bridal wreath:
"For the fine lad, for my lad,
You red roses, I pick you,
From you I wish to twine
A wreath so lovely."

She walked to and fro in the greenery,
Instead of roses she found rosemary:
"So you, my faithful one, are lost!
No rose is to be found,
[There shall be] no wreath so lovely."

She walked to and fro in the garden,
Instead of roses she picked rosemary:
"My faithful one, I offer you this [instead]!
I shall rest by you under the lime trees,
[In] my lovely burial wreath."

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website: 2009-09-21
Line count: 20
Word count: 129