Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Armes Kind
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Serbian (Српски) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wasser trug das junge Mädchen,
Neigte sich zum Wasser nieder,
Sagte zu sich selbst die Worte:
"Armes Kind! Wie bist so schön du!
Hättest du ein grünes Kränzlein,
Wärst du, Arme, noch viel schöner!
Möchte wohl den Hirten lieben,
Constantin, den jungen Hirten,
Der dahergeht vor den Schafen,
Wie der Mond geht vor den Sternen!"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Poor child", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Claus-Christian Schuster

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 55

Poor child
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The young maiden carried water,
Bent down toward the water,
Said these words to herself:
"Poor child!  How very beautiful you are!
If you but had a green wreath,
You, poor one, would be even more beautiful!
You might then love the shepherd,
Constantin, the young shepherd,
Who strides before the sheep,
As the moon goes before the stars!"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2012 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-03-20
Line count: 10
Word count: 59