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An einen Boten (1919) Op. 96

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Lieder "Aus des Volkes Wunderhorn" (Op. 96)

An einen Boten

Wenn du zu meim Schätzel kommst,
Sag: ich ließ sie grüßen;
Wenn sie fraget, wie mirs geht?
Sag: auf beiden Füßen.
Wenn sie fraget: ob ich krank?
Sag: ich sei gestorben;
Wenn sie an zu weinen fangt,
Sag: ich käme morgen!

To a messenger

If you meet my sweetheart,
Tell her: I send my greetings;
If she asks: how goes it?
Tell her: on both feet.
If she asks if I am ill,
Say that I have died;
If she begins to weep,
Say: I’ll come tomorrow!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Wilhelm Kienzl was an Austrian composer.

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