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Mädchenlied Op. 85 no.3


Ach, und du mein kühles Wasser!
Ach, und du mein rotes Röslein!
Was erblühst du mir so frühe?
Hab’ ja nicht, für wen dich pflücken!
Pflück’ ich dich für meine Mutter?
Keine Mutter hab’ ich Waise!
Pflück’ ich dich für meine Schwester?
Ei doch, längst vermählet ist sie!
Pflück’ ich dich für meinen Bruder?
Ist gezogen in die Feldschlacht!
Pflück’ ich dich für den Geliebten?
Fern, ach, weilet der Geliebte!
Jenseit dreier grünen Berge,
Jenseit dreier kühlen Wasser!

A Young Girl's Song

Ah, and you my cool stream!
Ah, and you my little red rose!
Why do you bloom so early for me?
I’ve no one to pick you for!
Shall I pick you for my mother?
I’m an orphan and have no mother.
Shall I pick you for my sister?
Ah, she has long since married!
Shall I pick you for my brother?
He has gone to the battlefield!
Shall I pick you for my sweetheart?
Ah, my sweetheart is far away!
Beyond three green mountains,
Beyond three cool streams!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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