by Karl Busse (1872 - 1918)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Ich und du
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Rebhahnruf und Glockenlaut,
Ich und du im Heidekraut.

Wandernde Marienseide
Macht den Kuppler für uns beide.

Weiße Fäden uns umschlingen,
Glocken läuten, Glocken klingen,

Immer leiser, immer linder,
Ich und du -- zwei Sonntagskinder.

Confirmed with Neue Gedichte von Carl Busse, Stuttgart, Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1896, page 11.


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  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "You and I", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Moi et toi", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 33

You and I
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Partridge call and bell’s sound,
You and I in the heather.

Wandering Mary’s silk
is the matchmaker for us both.

White threads twine around us,
Tolling bells, ringing bells,

always softer, always milder,
you and I -- two [of] Luck’s children.

Note for Stanza 2, line 1 ("Mary's silk") - from the Wiktionary page on Marienseide or Marienfaden ( Marienseide (Mary's silk) refers to the silk of the young crab spider which can be found covering plants or floating through the air in the autumn. There are several folk beliefs surrounding Mary's silk: as its name indicates, folklore tells that these threads are spun by the Virgin Mary. In addition, luck and good fortune are attributed to finding them attached to one's person; in particular, the silk's presence in a young girl's hair was regarded as the sign of an imminent romance or wedding


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-22
Line count: 8
Word count: 40