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)

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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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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Text added to the website: 2009-09-21 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:22
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