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[*] posted on 3-5-2014 at 10:34 AM
A. 016. Forgiven Suitor


(From Hoske)
Translated by Ed Bernthal

A star was shining in heavenly glory
Throughout the whole, long, lovely night.
Throughout the whole, long, lovely night.

The higher it rose up in the heavens
The brighter its gleam shone forth.
The brighter its gleam shone forth.

The maiden hoped it would shine bright enough
To brighten her shining little window
To brighten her bed coverings, colorful and fine.

The youth took his horse out
Past the maiden’s new house.
Past the maiden’s new house.

There he woke her up from her rest
And called to her by her right name.
And called to her by her right name.

‘Get up, maiden, and come with me
Help me cut the peas by starlight’.
Help me cut the peas by starlight’.

“So long as I have been here in this world
Yet have I never cut peas”.
Yet have I never cut peas”.

“The sickling, sickling I can’t do
With my so tender snow-white hand”
With my so tender snow-white hand”

‘What did your mother teach you
That you don’t know how to cut peas?”
That you don’t know how to cut peas?”

“In the morning my mother taught me
To spin the colors so pretty and small”.
To spin the colors so pretty and small”.

“In the forenoon my mother taught me
To sew the hem of a shirt so silken and fine”.
To sew the hem of a shirt so silken and fine”.

“At noon my mother taught me
To set the table with a clean cloth”.
To set the table with a clean cloth”.

“In the afternoon my mother taught me
To make the beds both large and small”.
To make the beds both large and small”.

“In the evening my mother taught me
To sleep in my bed all alone”.
To sleep in my bed all alone”.

‘Perhaps you would not want to sleep alone
You could take your lover to bed with you’.
You could take your lover to bed with you’.

“I would much rather sleep all alone
Rather than take a lover in with me’.
Rather than take a lover in with me’.

“I might take a knave in with me
And for that I would be sad the rest of my life”.
And for that I would be sad the rest of my life”.



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