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[*] posted on 9-5-2015 at 03:42 PM
B. 186. The Complaint III


(From: Burk)
Translated by Ed Bernthal

(The Arrival of the Bridegroom)

The Burkers came to us
Over the hills, into the valleys,
All the hills, the valleys so green.

But when they came to Burk,
They began to ask
About the Schoenemanns house.

If you Burkers want to know,
We will gladly tell you,
We will gladly tell you.

There in front of Schoenemanns new house
Stands a green linden tree,
Stands a green linden tree.

Under it sits a girl,
Sewing silken handkerchiefs,
Making two roe wreaths.

She will give one to the youth,
Will keep the other one for herself,
Will keep the other one for herself.

After they had inquired, there started
Two musicians to play nicely,
Two musicians to play nicely.

Dress yourself, significant one, dress yourself lovely one,
The bridegroom is outside of the house,
The bridegroom is outside of the house.

The mother braided the girl’s hair,
The girl cried bitterly,
The girl cried bitterly.

Why are you crying so much?
Why should I not cry,
Why should I not cry!

The horses really are not his,
They are only borrowed horses,
They are only borrowed horses.

The horses are not borrowed,
They belong to the next door neighbor
Who are the best comrades.

(The Departure of the Bride)

Live well, live well, my dear father,
Thank you for raising me,
And that you clothed me so nicely.

Live well, live well, my dear mother,
Thank you for raising me,
And that you clothed me so nicely.

Live well, live well, my dear brother,
From your heart, forgive me everything,
That I have done to you.

Live well, live well, my dear sister,
From your heart, forgive me everything,
That I have done to you.

I have taken care of everything,
My beds and my cattle,
Have only forgotten my wreath.

The one who is my oldest friend,
She can bring it to me,
She can bring it to me.




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