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[*] posted on 3-5-2014 at 02:33 PM
A. 029. The Presents


(From Saerchen)
Translated by Ed Bernthal

In the forest a small evergreen tree is bending low,
In the forest a small evergreen tree is bending low,
Out of it falls a girl.

But before she falls to the ground,
But before she falls to the ground,
Her lover catches her.

‘Don’t catch me, my beloved,
Don’t catch me, my beloved,
I have very dark hands’.

“I don’t look at your dark hands,
I don’t look at your dark hands,
But at your lovely face”.

“Now, my dear, step on my sword,
Now, my dear, step on my sword,
And from there up on my horse”.

“Swing up on my gold colored horse,
Swing up on my gold colored horse,
Let me take you to a far-away land”.

“Here we are in a far-away land,
Here we are in a far-away land,
What shall we buy? Tell me.”

“What shall we bring to your father at home?
What shall we bring to your father at home?”
‘The long fox fur it shall be’.

‘When he puts on his fox fur,
When he puts on his fox fur,
He will think of his daughter’.

“What shall we bring to the mother?
What shall we bring to the mother?”
‘A long fine white coat’.

‘When she puts on the coat,
When she puts on the coat,
She will think of her daughter’.

“What shall we bring the older brother?
What shall we bring the older brother?”
‘The gold colored horse for sure, my dear’.

‘When he is riding on the plain,
When he is riding on the plain,
He will think of his sister’.

“What shall we bring the younger brother?
What shall we bring the younger brother?”
‘The bright shining sword for sure’.

‘When the bright sun reflects on it,
When the bright sun reflects on it,
He will think of his sister’.

“What shall we bring your dear sister?
What shall we bring your dear sister?”
‘A fancy dress for sure’.

‘When she puts on the dress,
When she puts on the dress,
She will think of her sister’.

“What are we buying for each other,
What are we buying for each other,
My most beloved sweetheart?”

‘Not the wreath or the braid trimming,
Not the wreath or the braid trimming,
Both of these we do not need’.

‘Much rather, we buy a small cradle,
Much rather, we buy a small cradle,
That we can rock together so nicely’.



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