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A. 152. The Gift from the Fair

mersiowsky - 6-10-2014 at 06:16 PM

(From Rallwiz)
Translated by H. Melvin Symmank

'Why then, O little girl, do you go barefoot?
Have you no socks, have you no shoes?
Have you no socks, have you no shoes?'

'What do you want from the fair, my little girl?
Do you want socks, to buy shoes for you?
Do you want socks, to buy shoes for you?'

"I truly have socks, I also truly have shoes
(I) know not, what for nothing I should tear up.
(I) know not, what for nothing I should tear up.

"You need not buy for me socks nor shoes
As much as I need I have for myself as well.
As much as I need I have for myself as well.

'What do you want from the fair, my little girl
My dear one, my charming little love?
My dear one, my charming little love?'

"Buy us certainty, dear one mine,
That we soon would be united.
That we soon would be united."

The dear one who buys certainty there,
That young girl with scrutinizing insight saw in him.
That young girl with scrutinizing insight saw in him.

"Buy not one board, buy not one crown
They have I truly from my mother now enough.
They have I truly from my mother now enough."

"No, buy us instead a cradle
In which we can rock the little son.
In which we can rock the little son."

"To that buy a green ribbon
Buy a ribbon with a brown border.
Buy a ribbon with a brown border."