Mudcat Café message #1151925 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #68318   Message #1151925
Posted By: GUEST,MMario
01-Apr-04 - 09:42 AM
Thread Name: German folk song, help with translation
Subject: RE: German folk song, help with translation
Here's the latest version as posted on Wilfreid's site: (Changes in italics - less typeing then making them blue!)

Down yonder in the meadow
A blue stork I did see.
I thought it was my true love
And called her: Stand with me!

Oh God, I have to mow the hay,
How could I stand and linger?
So tell your people that you have
Cut off your little finger

Oh God, how could I ever lie,
It does not suit me well.
The huntsman is my good man
I'd rather like to tell

Oh mother, dearest mother,
Good counsel give me, pray,
There is a brisk young huntsman,
He follows me all day.

Oh daughter, dearest daughter,
My counsel you shall hear:
Send off this brisk young huntsman
And stay with me this year

Oh mother, dearest mother.
Keep counsel with yourself!
The huntsman I hold dearer
Than all your goods & wealth

Oh daughter, dearest daughter,
Your talk makes me so sad,
So run off to the huntsman,
About him you seem mad

Oh mother, dearest mother,
Your talk now pleases me.
I shall wait for the huntsman
Until he comes for me.