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[*] posted on 11-28-2014 at 10:30 AM
B. 007. The Abandoned


(from Jessen, Burk and Nauendorf)
Translated by H. Melvin Symmank

'On! Sing cheerful maid,
One hears your voice far and wide,
One hears your voice wide and far.

'On Jessen's field one hears,
They hear you on all foreign boundaries,
'They hear you on all foreign boundaries.

"How can I sing and be merry,
Since I am always completely alone,
Since I am always completely alone?”

"All the girls go into the tavern,
And I always must remain at home,
And I always must remain at home.”

'Always you put on the white veil,
Go beautiful one, also and look in,
Go beautiful one, also and look in.’

"And if I go in or not,
Yet will I still stand at the door,
Yet will I still stand at the door.”

The sweetheart goes out and in,
Looks at me only from the side,
Looks at me only from the side.

No single word he favors me,
No single hand does he give me,
Also no single sign does he bestow on me.

"Oh, truly dear sweetheart mine,
Why are you so arrogant,
Why are you so arrogant?

"Why do you not bestow on me,
What is the young lad's duty,
What is the young lad's duty?”

"'But how should I bestow on you,
Since you are a farmer's girl
And I the son of the rich merchant?”’

"Did you not know beforehand,
That I am a farm girl
And you are the rich merchant's son?”

“Did you not go after me
In the darkest evening, in the night,
In the darkest evening, in the night!

“Had you rather well rested your head,
Since your legs were tired,
Since your legs were tired.”

"If you had not made the father grieve
Not my mother great suffering,
Not my mother great suffering.

"Not my sisters and brothers shame
And not my girlfriends mourning,
And not my girlfriends mourning.”

Yet how happy is the girl,
That carries her wreath with honor,
That carries her wreath with honor.

With honor carried and with the deed
And was not seduced by the lad,
And was not seduced by the lad.

The lad truly had a fine speech,
But in his heart a sharp sword,
But in his heart a sharp sword.

The maid confers with herself
And she comes to her senses,
And she comes to her senses.

For a while she has it for a fool,
And then she soon leaves it alone,
And then she soon leaves it alone.


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