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Mädchenwünsche (1833)


O fände für mich
Ein Bräutigam sich!
Wie schön ist's nicht da,
Man nennt uns 'Mama'.
Da braucht man zum Nähen
Zur Schul' nicht zu gehen;
Da kann man befehlen,
Hat Mägde, darf schmälen,
Man wählt sich die Kleider,
Nach Gusto den Schneider.
Da läßt man spazieren
Auf Bälle sich führen,
Und fragt nicht erst lange
Papa und Mama.

What a girl desires

Oh, if only a husband
Could be found for me!
How good it would be
To be called Mama;
There'd be no need for school
In order to sew;
I'd snap out orders,
Have maids and rebuke them,
Choose my own clothes
And a dressmaker I liked;
I'd be taken out walking
Or taken to dances,
Without having to ask
Papa and Mama.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe (G30 November 1796 – 20 April 1869),was a German composer, tenor singer and conductor. He wrote over 400 ballads and songs.

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Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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