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Was im Netze? Schau einmal

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was im Netze? Schau einmal!
Aber ich bin bange;
Greif' ich einen süßen Aal?
Greif' ich eine Schlange?

Lieb' is blinde
Sagt dem Kinde,
wo greift's hin?

Schon schnellt mir's in Händen!
Ach Jammer! O Lust!
Mit Schmiegen und Wenden
mir schlüpft's an die Brust.

Es beißt sich, o Wunder!
Mir keck durch die Haut,
schießt's Herze hinunter!
O Liebe, mir graut!

Was tun, was beginnen?
Das schaurige Ding,
Es schnalzet dadrinnen, 
Es legt sich im Ring.

Gift muß ich haben!
Hier schleicht es herum,
Tut wonniglich graben
Und bringt mich noch um!

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Eric Sams) , title 1: "A girl's first love-song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Premier chant d'amour d'une jeune fille", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Fran├žais) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Première chanson d'amour d'une jeunette", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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A girl's first love‑song

Language: English

 What's in the net? Just look!
 But I'm frightened:
 is it a sweet eel I can feel,
 or a snake?
 Love is a blind
 tell your child
 what she has caught.
 Already it's whipping in my hands,
 oh misery and joy!
 by nestling and wriggling
 it slithers to my breast.
 I marvel as it bites
 its bold way through my skin
 and shoots down to my heart!
 oh, Love, I'm scared!
 What can I do?
 The horrible thing
 is snapping inside,
 coiling into a ring!
 I must have poison;
 here it's sliding around
 blissfully burrowing,
 it will slay me yet.

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    * Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Eric Sams, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol ©

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