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Rath einer Alten

Language: German

Bin jung gewesen, 
Kann auch [mit reden]1,
Und alt geworden, 
Drum gilt mein Wort.

Schön reife Beeren 
Am Bäumchen hangen:
Nachbar, da hilft kein 
Zaun um den Garten;
Lustige Vögel 
Wissen den Weg.

Aber, mein Dirnchen,
Du laß dir rathen:
Halte dein Schätzchen
Wohl in der Liebe,
Wohl in Respekt!
Mit den zwei Fädlein
In Eins gedrehet,
Ziehst du am kleinen 
Finger ihn nach.

Aufrichtig Herze,
Doch schweigen können,
Früh mit der Sonne
Muthig zur Arbeit,
Gesunde Glieder,
Saubere Linnen,
Das machet Mädchen
Und Weibchen werth.

Bin jung gewesen,
Kann auch mit reden,
Und alt geworden, 
Drum gilt mein Wort.



Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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1 modernizes to "mitreden"

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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 (Emily Ezust) , "The advice of an old woman", copyright ©
    * FRE French (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Conseil d'une ancienne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Consigli di una vecchia", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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