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Das Mädchen aus der Fremde (1815) D252

Das Mädchen aus der Fremde

In einem Tal bei armen Hirten 
Erschien mit jedem jungen Jahr, 
Sobald die ersten Lerchen schwirrten, 
Ein Mädchen schön und wunderbar.
Sie war nicht in dem Tal geboren, 
Man wusste nicht, woher sie kam, 
Doch schnell war ihre Spur verloren, 
Sobald das Mädchen Abschied nahm.
Beseligend war ihre Nähe, 
Und alle Herzen wurden weit, 
Doch eine Würde, eine Höhe 
Entfernte die Vertraulichkeit.

The maiden from strange parts

To poor shepherds in a valley 
appeared each spring
with the first soaring larks,
a strange and lovely maiden.
She had not been born in the valley. 
No one knew from where she came. 
But when the maiden departed
they soon lost trace of her.
Her very presence was blissful 
and all hearts opened to her, 
yet her dignity, her loftiness, 
precluded familiarity.

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