Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ritt auf ungerittnem Rosse
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Serbian (Српски) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ritt auf ungerittnem Rosse,
Und es trug mich zur Walachin.
Ihr zur Seite stehn drei Mädchen,
Schalt mit Einer leis' die Mutter:
"Hündin Nera, sprich, wo warst du?" --
"Schelte nicht, o meine Mutter!
An der Donau war ich, Mutter!
Sahe dorten junge [Deutsche]1,
[Aber einen Deutschen]2 sah ich,
Wollte der mein [Schwäher]3 werden,
Gäb' ich ihm ein feines Hemdlein,
Daß sein Lebetag [er's]4 trüge!
Einen andren [Deutschen]5 sah ich,
Wollt' er mich zur Hochzeit führen,
Gäb' ich ihm ein goldnes Tüchlein,
Daß sein Lebetag [er's]4 trüge!
Einen dritten [Deutschen]5 sah ich,
Wollte der mein Liebster werden,
Gäb' ihm meine schwarzen Augen,
Daß sein Lebetag er sie küsse!"

H. von Herzogenberg sets lines 6-20

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1 Herzogenberg: "Bursche"
2 Herzogenberg: "Einen Jüngling aber"
3 Herzogenberg: "Bruder"
4 Herzogenberg: "er es"
5 Herzogenberg: "Jüngling"


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The daughter of the Walachian", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Claus-Christian Schuster , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 107

The daughter of the Walachian
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I rode upon a horse that had never been ridden before,
And it carried me to the Walachian.
At her side stand three maidens,
The mother quietly chiding one of them:
"Bitch Nera, speak, where were you?" --
"Do not scold, oh my mother!
I was at the Danube, mother!
There I saw young [Germans]1,
[But one German]2 I saw,
He wanted to become my [brother-in-law]3
If I gave him a fine shirt,
To wear all the days of his life!
Another [German]4 I saw,
He wished to lead me to the altar,
If I gave him a golden kerchief
To wear all the days of his life!
A third [German]4 I saw,
He wished to become my lover,
If I gave him my dark eyes,
That he might kiss them all the days of his life!"

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Title for Herzogenberg's setting: "Do not scold"
1 Herzogenberg: "Boys"
2 Herzogenberg: "One lad, however,"
3 Herzogenberg: "brother"
4 Herzogenberg: "lad"


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This text was added to the website: 2012-03-30
Line count: 20
Word count: 136