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Wer hat das Liedlein erdacht? (1892)


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Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Wer hat das Liedlein erdacht?

Dort oben in dem hohen Haus,
Da gucket ein fein's, lieb's Mädel heraus,
Es ist nicht dort daheime,
Es ist des Wirts sein Töchterlein,
Es wohnt auf grüner Heide.
Mein Herze ist wund,
Komm, Schätzel, machs gesund.
Dein schwarzbraune Äuglein,
Die haben mich verwundt.
Dein rosiger Mund
Macht Herzen gesund.
Macht Jugend verständig,
Macht Tote lebendig,
Macht Kranke gesund.
Wer hat denn das schöne Liedlein erdacht?
Es haben's drei Gäns übers Wasser gebracht,
Zwei graue und eine weiße;
Und wer das Liedlein nicht singen kann,
Dem wollen sie es pfeifen. Ja!

Who made up this little song?

High in the mountain stands a house,
From it a sweet pretty maid looks out,
But that is not her home,
She’s the innkeeper’s young daughter.
She lives on the green moor.
My heart is sick,
Come, my love, and cure it.
Your dark brown eyes
Have wounded me.
Your rosy lips
Can cure sick hearts,
Make young men wise,
Make dead men live,
Can cure the sick.
Who made up this pretty little song?
Three geese brought it across the water.
Two grey ones and a white one;
And for those who can’t sing this song,
They will pipe it to them. They will!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

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

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