by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Der Goldschmiedsgesell
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Es ist doch meine Nachbarin
Ein allerliebstes Mädchen!
Wie früh ich in der Werkstatt bin,
Blick' ich nach ihrem Lädchen.

Zu Ring' und Kette poch' ich dann
Die feinen goldnen Drätchen.
Ach denk' ich, wann, und wieder, wann,
Ist solch ein Ring für Käthchen?

Und thut sie erst die Schaltern auf,
Da kommt das ganze Städtchen
Und feilscht und wirbt mit hellem Hauf
Um's Allerlei im Lädchen.

Ich feile; wohl zerfeil' ich dann
Auch manches goldne Drätchen.
Der Meister brummt, der harte Mann!
Er merkt, es war das Lädchen.

Und flugs wie nur der Handel still,
Gleich greift sie nach dem Rädchen.
Ich weiß wohl, was sie spinnen will:
Es hofft das liebe Mädchen.

Das kleine Füßchen tritt und tritt:
Da denk' ich mir das Wädchen,
Das Strumpfband denk' ich auch wohl mit,
Ich schenkt's dem lieben Mädchen.

Und nach den Lippen führt der Schatz
Das allerfeinste Fädchen.
O wär ich doch an seinem Platz,
Wie küßt' ich mir das Mädchen!

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 4-7

Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, pages 37-38; with Goethe's Werke. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1815, pages 35-36; and with Goethe's Werke. Erster Band. Original-Ausgabe. Wien, 1816. Bey Chr. Kaulfuß und C. Armbruster. Stuttgart. In der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. Gedruckt bey Anton Strauß, pages 37-38.


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L’aprenent d’orfebre", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De goudsmidsgezel", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The goldsmith's apprentice", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'apprenti de l'orfèvre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il garzone dell'orefice", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-08-26 07:27:28
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The goldsmith's apprentice
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 My neighbour is
 a wonderful maiden!
 Early in the morning when I am in the workshop,
 how I love to gaze up at her window-shutters.
 
 I hammer at my rings and chains
 with fine gold links.
 Ah, I think, when, and again, when
 will such a ring be for my Kathy?
 
 And when she first opens the shutters
 the entire city comes
 and haggles and shouts in showy crowds
 of all kinds of people, just beneath her window-shutter.
 
 I file away until I suddenly file right through
 a bunch of golden links!
 The master growls, the severe man!
 He notices it was because of the window-shutters.
 
 And quickly, when her tasks are done,
 she grasps her spinning wheel.
 I know well why she wishes to spin:
 my dear maiden is thinking about her hopes.
 
 Her little foot pumps and pumps;
 I think of her calf,
 and of the garter-belt
 that I gave to my dear maiden.
 
 And to her lips my treasure lifts
 a fine piece of thread.
 O if only I were in its place,
 how I would kiss my sweetheart!

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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