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[*] posted on 2-11-2014 at 10:14 AM
A. 009. The Neglected Companion


(From Agnes Jeńko in Lohsa)

Translated by Joel Meador

The young man sold the horse and wagon
He has gone off to war.
He has gone off to war.

Probably three hundred miles past the lake
And forty-four miles past Prague.
And forty-four miles past Prague.

To whom has he entrusted his love?
To his best friend,
To his youngest brother.

He should probably be concerned about her,
Over whether she is considered completely true.
Over whether she is considered completely true.

The young man has only given her trifling things,
Little attention has been given her.
Little attention has been given her.

When they have gone to drink beer,
He has always danced with someone else,
He has not once danced with her.

She has stood off at a distance,
With a heart that was so heavy,
With eyes that were so filled with tears.

The young man came home from the war,
Seeking exact news on the homefront.
Seeking exact news on the homefront.

Hey, girl, how have things gone during my absence?
Tell me exactly what has been going on.
Tell me exactly what has been going on.

I do have complaints to make,
About your best friend,
About your youngest brother.

He has done little to take care of me,
He has paid little attention to me.
He has paid little attention to me.

When I have gone to drink beer,
He danced with someone else,
He did not dance once with me.

I had to look on from afar
And watch with a heavy heart,
With eyes filled with tears.


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