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Maitanz im Grünen (1880)

Maitanz im Grünen

Ringel, ringel Reih'n!
Wer fröhlich ist, der schlinge sich ein!
Wer sorgen hat, der lass' sie daheim!
Wer ein liebes Liebchen küßt,
Wie glücklich der ist!
Ei, Hänsel, du hast ja kein's!
So suche dir ein's!
Ein schönes Liebchen, das ist was Fein's. Juchhe!
Ringel, ringel Reih'n!
Ei, Gretel, was stehst denn so allein?
Guckst doch hinüber zum Hänselein!?
Und ist doch der Mai so grün?
Und die Lüftelein zieh'n!
Ei, seht doch den dummen Hans!
Wie er rennet zum Tanz!
Er suchte ein Liebchen, Juchhe!
Er fand's! Juchhe!
Ringel, ringel Reih'n!

May dance in the countryside

Ring-a ring, dance in a ring!
Whoever’s happy, let him join in!
Whoever has troubles, let him leave them behind!
He who kisses a sweetheart,
How happy he is!
Now Hans, you don’t have one!
Then look for one!
A sweetheart is something splendid. Sing-hey!
Ring-a ring, dance in a ring!
Now Gretchen, why do you stand so alone?
Yet you’re looking in Hans’s direction!?
And is not Maytime so green?
And the breezes, how they blow!
Now, just look at silly Hans!
How he runs to the dance!
He was looking for a sweetheart, sing-ho!
He has found one, sing-hey!
Ring-a ring, dance in a ring!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was an Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer and conductor.

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