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Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen (1821) Op. 77


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Der Freischütz (Op. 77)


Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen

Ännchen:
Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen,
Blond von Locken oder braun,
Hell von Aug’ und rot von Wangen,
Ei, nach dem kann man wohl schauen.
Zwar schlägt man das Aug’ aufs Mieder
Nach verschämter Mädchen Art;
Doch verstohlen hebt man’s wieder,
Wenn’s das Bürschchen nicht gewahrt.
Sollten ja sich Blicke finden,
Nun, was hat das auch für Not?
Man wird drum nicht gleich erblinden,
Wird man auch ein wenig rot.
Blickchen hin und Blick herüber,
Bis der Mund sich auch was traut!
Er seufzt: Schönste!
Sie spricht: Lieber!
Bald heißt’s Bräutigam und Braut.
Immer näher, liebe Leutchen!
Wollt ihr mich im Kranze sehn?
Gelt, das ist ein nettes Bräutchen,
Und der Bursch nicht minder schön?

If a slim young man comes along

Ännchen:
If a slim young man comes along,
With fair hair or dark hair,
Bright-eyed and with red cheeks –
Oh! It’s worth looking at him!
Of course you lower your eyes demurely
After the fashion of bashful girls;
But secretly you look up again,
When the young man is not looking.
If you do exchange glances,
Well, what harm is there in that?
No one’s going to be struck blind on the spot,
Even if someone turns red with embarrassment.
A glance here, a glance there,
Until the lips too are loosened!
He sighs: ‘Fairest!’
She says: ‘Dearest!’
Soon they’ll be bride and groom
Come up closer, dear people!
Do you want to see me with a bridal wreath?
Isn’t that a pretty bride,
And the young man’s no less handsome!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist, and critic. He is widely considered to be one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school.

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Poet

Johann Friedrich Kind was a German dramatist, most famous for writing the libretto for Carl Maria von Weber's opera Der Freischütz (1821).
He studied law, and began his law practice in Dresden in 1793. In 1814, he abandoned his law practice to devote himself exclusively to literary work. He was a very industrious writer in many fields of literature, in all of which he was popular in his day with a large class of readers. With Winkler, he edited the Abendzeitung from 1817 to 1826. Though he published five volumes of sentimental and popular poetry, his poetry is the weakest of his literary efforts; the 1894 edition of the reputed Brockhaus encyclopedia critiqued it as being "smooth in form but without the least bit of originality." His popular tales have somewhat more merit than his poems; but it is in the line of operatic plays that he is best and most generally known.

Schubert set one of his poems in Hänflings Liebeswerbung  (The Linnet's Wooing), D552.

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