by Gottfried Keller (1819 - 1890)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Zwei Geliebte, treu verbunden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Zwei Geliebte, treu verbunden,
Gehen durch die Welt spazoren,
Jedes hat sein Herz verloren,
Doch das Andre hat's gefunden.

Jeder trägt die leichte Last
Wie die Uhr am Kettchen fast.
Also geht's auf Steg und Wegen
Ruhig fort mit gleichen Schlägen.

"Schau, die können's!" sagen ferne
An der Himmelshöh' die Sterne.
"Wer sind sie?" gleich schrei'n [sie]1 da:
"Sigmund und Emilia!"

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1 Brahms: "wir"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Little Wedding Cantata", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Deux amants fidèlement liés", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2005-08-29
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

Little Wedding Cantata
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Two lovers, devotedly paired,
Stroll through the world,
Each of them has lost his heart,
But the other one has found it.

Each bears the light burden
As the watch attaches to the chain.
Thus it goes on paths and byways
Quietly onward with identical beats.

"Look, they can do it!" speak in the distance
The stars on the heights of heaven,
"Who are they?" immediately we call out:
Sigmund and Emilia!


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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 72