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Translation © by Emily Ezust

Weiss bist du
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Danish (Dansk) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Weiss bist du mein Mädchen,
Man kann nicht weisser sein.
Heiss lieb' ich dich mein Mädchen,
Lieb' kann nicht heisser sein.

Als sie starb, mein Mädchen,
War sie viel weisser doch.
Und ich Armer, liebte
Sie viel heisser noch.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Pale you are", copyright © 2012

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Pale you are
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Pale1 you are, my maiden,
One could not be more pale.
Warmly do I love you, my maiden,
Love cannot be more warm.

When she died -- my maiden --
She was yet paler still.
And I, poor wretch, loved her
even more warmly.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 "pale" does not necessarily imply illness or weakness here, but rather a sheltered existence: she is not tanned by the sun, freckle-faced, or rosy-cheeked.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2012 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-16
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Word count: 42