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Wozu noch, Mädchen, soll es frommen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wozu noch, Mädchen, soll es frommen,
Daß du vor mir Verstellung übst?
Heiß froh das neue Glück willkommen,
Und sag es offen, daß du liebst!

An deines Busens höherm Schwellen,
Dem Wangenrot, das kommt und geht,
Ward dein Geheimnis von den Quellen,
Den Blumengeistern längst erspäht.

Die Wogen murmeln's in den Grotten,
Es flüstert's leis der Abendwind,
Wo du vorbeigehst, hörst du's spotten:
Wir wissen es seit lange, Kind!

Translation(s): ENG ENG 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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "What's the use, maiden", copyright ©
    * ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , title 1: "Say, wherefore vainly wouldst dissemble?", published 1897
    * FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "À quoi te servent encore, jeune fille", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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