Skip to main content



Das verlassene Mägdlein no.7

Part of a series or song cycle:


Das verlassene Mägdlein

Früh, wann die Hähne krähn,
Eh’ die Sternlein schwinden,
Muss ich am Herde stehn,
Muss Feuer zünden.
Schön ist der Flamme Schein,
Es springen die Funken;
Ich schaue so darein,
In Leid versunken.
Plötzlich, da kommt es mir,
Treuloser Knabe,
Dass ich die Nacht von dir
Geträumet habe.
Träne auf Träne dann
Stürzet hernieder;
So kommt der Tag heran—
O ging’ er wieder!

The forsaken servant-girl

Early, when the cocks crow,
Before the tiny stars recede,
I must be at the hearth,
I must light the fire.
The flames are beautiful,
The sparks fly;
I gaze at them,
Sunk in sorrow.
Suddenly I realise,
Faithless boy,
That in the night
I dreamt of you.
Tear after tear
Then tumbles down;
So the day dawns –
O would it were gone again!


Eduard Friedrich Mörike was a German Romantic poet.

Mörike was born in Ludwigsburg. His father was Karl Friedrich Mörike (d. 1817), a district medical councilor; his mother was Charlotte Bayer. He attended the Latin school at Ludwigsburg, and the seminary at Urach (1818) where he made the acquaintance of Wilhelm Hartlaub and Wilhelm Waiblinger. He then studied theology at the Seminary of Tübingen where he met Ludwig Bauer, David Friedrich Strauss and F. T. Vischer.

He followed an ecclesiastical career, becoming a Lutheran pastor. In 1834 he was appointed pastor of Cleversulzbach near Weinsberg, and, after his early retirement for reasons of health, in 1851 became professor of German literature at the Katharinenstift in Stuttgart. This office he held until his retirement in 1866; but he continued to live in Stuttgart until his death. In what political and social views he espoused, he was monarchist and conservative.

Taken from Wikipedia. To view the full article, please click here.

See Full Entry

Sorry, no further description available.

Previously performed at:

Sponsor a Song

Sponsor a Song from £25 - £100: enjoy seeing a credit or dedication alongside your song(s) of choice, and help ensure the future of Oxford Lieder.

Find out More