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Der Goldschmiedsgesell (1817) D560

Der Goldschmiedsgesell

Es ist doch meine Nachbarin
Ein allerliebstes Mädchen!
Wie früh ich in der Werkstatt bin,
Blick’ ich nach ihrem Lädchen.
Zu Ring und Kette poch’ ich dann
Die feinen goldnen Drächten.
Ach! Denk ich, wann? und wieder, wann?
Ist solch ein Ring für Kätchen?
Ich feile; wohl zerfeil’ ich dann
Auch manches goldne Drächten.
Der Meister brummt, der harte Mann!
Er merkt, es war das Lädchen.
Und flugs wie nur der Handel still,
Gleich greift sie nach dem Rädchen,
Ich weiss wohl, was sie spinnen will:
Es hofft, das liebe Mädchen.
Das kleine Füsschen tritt und tritt;
Da denk’ ich mir das Wädchen,
Das Strumpfband denk’ ich auch wohl mit,
Ich schenkt’s dem lieben Mädchen.
Und nach den Lippen führt der Schatz
Das allerfeinste Fädchen.
O wär’ ich doch an seinem Platz,
Wie küsst’ ich mir das Mädchen.

The Goldsmith's Apprentice

My neighbour is
an enchanting girl.
In the morning, at my workbench,
I gaze at her little shop.
Then I beat the fine gold threads
into ring and chain.
Ah! When? I think, and again, when
will such a ring be for Kätchen?
I file away, and at times I file right through
many a golden thread.
My master grumbles, unfeeling man!
He sees it was that little shop.
And as soon as her work is finished
she reaches for her spinning-wheel.
I well know what she intends to spin.
She has her hopes, the darling girl.
As her little foot keeps on working
I think of her dainty calves
and of her garter;
I gave it to the darling girl.
My sweetheart takes
the finest thread to her lips.
Ah, if only I could be in its place,
how I should kiss her!

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