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Mörike, Eduard: Das verlassene Mägdlein

Portre of Mörike, Eduard

Das verlassene Mägdlein (German)

Früh, wann die Hähne krähn,
Eh’ die Sterlein verschwinden,
Muß ich am Herde stehn,
Muß feuer zünden.
Schön ist der Flammen Schein,
Es springen die Funken;
Ich schaue do 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!

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The Forsaken Maiden (English)

Early when the cock crows
Ere the stars retire,
I must stand at the hearth,
I must tend the fire. 

What beauty in the fire's light,
When the sparks are leaping,
I stand gazing long at them,
Lost now in my grieving.

Suddenly I remember,
Unfaithful Lad,
'Twas you I was dreaming of 
Until the night had ended. 

Tears well up and fall
One upon the other;
So the day has come - 
Would that it were over!

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