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So laß uns wandern! (1877) Op. 75 no.3

So laß uns wandern!

Ach Mädchen, liebes Mädchen,
Wie schwarz dein Auge ist!
Fast fürcht' ich, es verzaubert
Mich einst voll arger List.
"Und wär' mein Auge schwärzer,
Um vieles schwärzer noch,
Dich, Liebster mein, verzaubern,
Ich tät' es niemals doch."
Die Kräh' auf jener Eiche,
Sieh, wie sie Eicheln pickt!
Wer weiß, wen einst der Himmel
Zum Bräutigam dir schickt!
"Und sprich, wen soll er schicken?
Ich gab ja dir mein Wort,
Weißt, unterm grünen Baume,
Bei unsrer Hütte dort."
Wohlan, so laß uns wandern,
Du wanderst frisch mit mir;
Ein Kleid von grüner Farbe,
Mein Mädchen, kauf' ich dir.
Ein Kleid von grüner Farbe,
Das auch nicht gar zu lang:
So kannst du mit mir wandern,
Nichts hindert dich im Gang.
Wir wollen lustig wandern,
Bergüber und talein;
Die großen, freien Wälder
Sind unser Kämmerlein.

So let us wander

Ah maiden, dear maiden,
How dark are your eyes!
I almost fear they’ll bewitch me
With their wicked cunning.
‘And if my eyes were darker,
Darker far than now,
I would never, my beloved,
Do such a thing.’
See the crow on that oak,
How it pecks at acorns!
Who knows whom heaven one day
Will send you as bridegroom!
‘Whom should it send, say,
For I gave my word to you,
Beneath the green tree, you know,
By our cottage there.’
Well then let us wander,
If you’ll briskly set out with me;
A green dress, my love,
I shall buy for you.
‘A green dress,
But not too long;
So that I/you can travel with you/me,
And my/your steps will not be hindered.’
Merrily we shall wander
Over mountain and dale;
The great open woods
Shall be our little room.

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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