Das verlassene Mägdlein (Hugo Distler)

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  • (Posted 2022-09-01)  CPDL #70650:       
Editor: Charles Pearson (submitted 2022-09-01).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 291 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition contains text in English [by Ed.] only.
  • (Posted 2022-08-29)  CPDL #70594:         
Editor: Charles Pearson (submitted 2022-08-29).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 289 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Das verlassene Mägdlein
Composer: Hugo Distler
Lyricist: Eduard Mörike
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAA
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1939
Description: Strophic Lied in 4 verses.

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Früh, wann die Hähne krähn,
Eh die Sternlein verschwinden,
Muß ich am Herde stehn,
Muß Feuer zünden.

Schön ist der Flammen Schein,
Es springen die Funken;
Ich schaue so drein,
In Leid versunken.

Plötzlich, da kommt es mir,
Treuloser Knabe,
Daß ich die Nacht von dir
Geträumet habe.

Träne auf Träne dann
Stürzet hernieder,
So kommt der Tag heran—
O ging' er wieder!

English.png English translation

Early at cocks’ first crow,
while stars are still shining,
I to the hearth must go
to start fire burning.

Lovely the flames bright glow
with sparks all a-flying;
and so I watch in woe,
in woe and sighing.

Then dud the thought come through,
oh boyfriend so faithless,
that all night long of you
my dreams were endless.

Tears and more tears, then come
down my cheeks wending;
thus does the day begin—
would it were ending!