by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation Singable translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937)

Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG FIN FRE GRE HEB ITA SPA
Ein Jüngling liebt ein [Mädchen,]1
Die hat einen andern erwählt;
Der andre liebt eine andre,
Und hat sich mit dieser vermählt.

Das Mädchen [heiratet]2 aus Ärger
Den ersten besten Mann,
Der ihr in den Weg gelaufen;
Der Jüngling ist übel dran.

Es ist eine alte Geschichte,
Doch bleibt sie immer neu;
Und wem sie [just]3 passieret,
Dem bricht das Herz entzwei.

H. Engelmann sets stanza 3

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 144.

1 Heine: in the original published version: "Mägdlein"
2 Alnæs, Schumann: "nimmt" (took)
3 Engelmann: "jüngst"

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  • Also set in English, a translation by A. Davenport ; composed by Edward Baxter Felton.
  • Also set in English, a translation by W. Grist ; composed by Emil Kreuz.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937) , "A youth once lov'd a maiden" ; composed by Maude Valérie White.
  • Also set in Hebrew (עברית), a translation by Isaac Katznelson ; composed by Samuel Alman.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Un noi estima una noia", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Jan Rot) , "Wil Jantje graag met Pietje", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Een jongen houdt van 'n meisje", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Paul Hindemith) , "A young man loved a girl", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 39, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Effimia Gianniou) , "Ένας νέος αγαπά μια νέα", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Assaf Levitin) (Michal Levitin) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Un giovanotto ama una fanciulla", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , "Un chico ama a una chica", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 61

A youth once lov'd a maiden
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A youth once lov'd a maiden,
But she cast his love aside.
Alas, her heart was given
To one who was wooing another bride.

The maiden in grief and anger
And smarting beneath the blow
Accepted another suitor
Heav'n help her lover now!

It is an old, old story,
And yet alas! how new.
May God console each tender heart
That sorrow breaks in two.

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Text added to the website: 2013-05-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:12
Line count: 12
Word count: 65