by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Der Bergmann
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Der Bergmann lebt beim Grubenlicht,
bedarf des Scheins der Sonne nicht.
Es wechseln nicht die Sterne, es wechselt kein Mond,
wo der alte Fürst der Erde thront.

Zeigt sich das Erz als schlecht Gestein,
schließt doch das Gold und Silber ein.
Auf kaltem, naßem Grund und auf trockenem Weg
findet er nur erst das blank Gepräg.

Das blanke Erz, es ist die Zier,
wonach man rennt mit wilder Gier.
Doch Weltlauf bringet Sorge und Schmerz und Gefahr,
drum sein Grubenlicht nehm' jeder wahr.

Es mögen Not und Sorge dräu'n,
der Bergmann find't das recht' Gestein,
und kehrt er dann zur Schicht in das Zechenhaus,
löscht er müde dann das Lämpchen aus.


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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "The miner", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 16
Word count: 111

The miner
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The miner lives by the pit-light,
he doesn't need the sunlight.
The stars don't change, nor does the moon,
where the old prince of the earth sits in state.

He sees the ore as bad rock,
but holds dear the gold and silver.
On cold, wet ground and on dry paths
he seeks only that first bright strike.

The shining ore, it is the prize,
after which one runs with wild greed.
However worldly ways bring worry and pain and danger,
that is why the pit-light draws them.

Need and worry may threaten,
the miner finds the right rock,
wearily then he extinguishes his little lamp
and he is off to the public-house.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 113