by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Sang ein Bettlerpärlein am Schenkentor
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Sang ein Bettlerpärlein am Schenkentor
Zwei geliebte Lippen an meinem Ohr.
»Schenkin, süße Schenkin,
Kredenz dem Paar,
Ihren Dürsten biete die Labung dar.«
Und ich bot sie willig, doch der böse Mann,
Biss mir wund die Lippen, und lachte dann:
»Ritzt der Gast dem Becher ein Zeichen ein,
Heißt's er ist zu eigen nur ihm allein.«

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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Song of the maiden", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 56

Song of the maiden
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A pair of beggars sang by the innkeepers gate
Their two taunting voices (lips) by my ear.
"Barmaid, sweet barmaid,
Serve this pair,
Their thirsts have need of refreshment."
And I served them willingly, but an angry man
Snapped hurtfully at me, then laughed:
"If a guest makes his mark on a goblet
it means that it is intended for him alone." 


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This text was added to the website: 2011-01-07
Line count: 9
Word count: 62