Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Spinn, Mägdlein, spinn!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Spinn, Mägdlein, spinn!
So wachsen dir die Sinn;
Wachsen dir die gelben Haar,
Kommen dir die kluge Jahr!

Ehr, Mägdlein, ehr
Die alte Spinnkunst sehr;
Adam hackt und Eva spann,
Zeigen uns die Tugendbahn.

Lieb, Mägdlein, lieb
Der Hanna ihren Trieb;
Wie sie mit der Spindel kann
Nähren ihren blinden Mann.

Preis, Mägdlein, preis
Der Mutter Gottes Fleiß;
Diese heilge Himmelskron
Spann ein Röcklein ihrem Sohn.

Sing, Mägdlein, sing
Und sei fein guter Ding;
Fang dein Spinnen lustig an,
Mach ein frommes End daran.

Lern, Mägdlein, lern,
So hast du Glück und Stern;
Lerne bei dem Spinnen fort
Gottesfurcht und Gotteswort.

Glaub, Mägdlein, glaub,
Dein Leben ist nur Staub;
Das du kömmst so schnell ins Grab,
Als dir bricht der Faden ab.

Lob, Mägdlein, lob,
Dem Schöpfer halte Prob;
Daß dir Glaub und Hoffnung wachs
Wie dein Garn und wie dein Flachs.

Dank, Mägdlein, dank
Dem Herrn, daß du nicht krank,
Daß du kannst fein oft und viel
Treiben dieses Rockenspiel.
Dank, Mägdlein, dank!

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Spinnelied", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Spinning song", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant des fileuses", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2007-12-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:32
Line count: 37
Word count: 164

Spinning song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Spin, maiden, spin!
Thus your mind shall improve;
Your blonde hair shall grow,
And you shall reach the years of wisdom!

Honour, maiden, honour well
The old art of spinning;
Adam hoed and Eve spun,
Showing us the path of virtue.

Love, maiden, love
The motivation of Hanna;
How with her spindle she can
Support her blind husband.

Laud, maiden, laud
The diligence of the Mother of God;
This holy regent of heaven
Spun a little coat for her son.

Sing, maiden, sing
And be in good spirits;
Begin your spinning merrily,
And end it devoutly.

Learn, maiden, learn,
Then you shall have good fortune and stars;
Learn continuously while you spin
Fear of God and the Word of God.

Believe, maiden, believe,
That your life is only dust;
That you pass as quickly into the grave
As your thread rips.

Praise, maiden, praise,
Be steadfast in the trials [imposed by] the Creator;
That faith and hope increase for you
As your thread and flax do.

Give thanks, maiden, give thanks
To the Lord that you are not ill,
That you can many a time and oft
Play this game with your distaff.
Give thanks, maiden, give thanks!


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Text added to the website: 2013-08-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:18
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Word count: 198