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Die Trauernde

by Johannes Brahms

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Die Trauernde
German source: Anon.

Mei Mueter mag mi net,
Und kein Schatz han i net,
Ei warum sterb' i net,
Was tu i do?

Gestern isch Kirchweih g'wä,
Mi hot mer g'wis net g'seh,
Denn mir isch's gar so weh,
I tanz ja net.

Laßt die drei Rose stehn,
Die an dem Kreuzle blühn:
Hent ihr das Mädle kennt,
Die drunter liegt?

The grieving girl
English translation © Richard Wigmore

My mother doesn’t love me,
And I don’t have a sweetheart,
I might as well be dead,
What am I doing here?

Yesterday was the parish fair,
I’m sure no one noticed me,
Because I feel so sad
And don’t dance now.

Let the three roses be
That bloom on the little cross;
Did you know the girl
Who lies below it?

Die Trauernde
German source: Anon.

The grieving girl
English source: Richard Wigmore

Mei Mueter mag mi net,
My mother doesn’t love me,
Und kein Schatz han i net,
And I don’t have a sweetheart,
Ei warum sterb' i net,
I might as well be dead,
Was tu i do?
What am I doing here?

Gestern isch Kirchweih g'wä,
Yesterday was the parish fair,
Mi hot mer g'wis net g'seh,
I’m sure no one noticed me,
Denn mir isch's gar so weh,
Because I feel so sad
I tanz ja net.
And don’t dance now.

Laßt die drei Rose stehn,
Let the three roses be
Die an dem Kreuzle blühn:
That bloom on the little cross;
Hent ihr das Mädle kennt,
Did you know the girl
Die drunter liegt?
Who lies below it?

Composer

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna.  Brahms has been considered, by his…

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