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Dort oben in dem hohen Haus

Language: German (Deutsch)

Dort [oben]1 in dem hohen Haus,
Da guckt ein fein's lieb's Mädel heraus,
Es ist nicht dort daheime,
Es ist des Wirts sein Töchterlein,
Es wohnt auf grüner Heide.

Und wer das Mädel haben will, 
Muß tausend Taler finden
Und muß sich auch verschwören,
Nie mehr zu Wein zu gehen,
Des Vaters Gut verzehren.

"Mein Herze ist wund,
komm Schätzel mach's gesund!
Dein schwarzbraune Äuglein, 
Die haben mich vertwundt!

Dein rosiger Mund
Macht Herzen gesund.
Macht Jugend verständig,
Macht Tote lebendig,
Macht Kranke gesund."

Wer hat denn das schöne Liedlein erdacht?
Es haben's drei Gäns übers Wasser gebracht,
Zwei graue und eine weiße;
Und wer das Liedlein nicht singen kann,
Dem wollen sie es pfeifen.

Translation(s): ENG SPA ITA FRE
G. Mahler sets stanzas 1, 3-5

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Mahler: "oben am Berg"

Submitted by Jakob Kellner


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: "Who thought up this little song?", copyright ©
    * SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , title 1: "A quién se le ocurrió esta cancioncilla?", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amici Musica di Padova) , title 1: "Chi ha inventato questa canzoncina?", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Qui a inventé cette petite chanson ?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Who thought up this little song?

Language: English

 Up there on the mountain, in a high-up house,
 a lovely, darling girl looks out of the window.
 She does not live there:
 she is the daughter of the innkeeper,
 and she lives on the green meadow.

 [ And he who would have her
 would find a thousand thalers,
 but he would have to swear 
 never to have wine again
 to have her father's property. ]2

 "My heart is sore!
 Come, my treasure, make it well again!
 Your dark brown eyes
 have wounded me.

 Your rosy mouth
 makes hearts healthy.
 It makes youth wise,
 brings the dead to life,
 gives health to the ill."

 Who has thought up this pretty little song then?
 It was brought over the water by three geese -
  two grey and one white -
 and if you cannot sing the little song,
 they will whistle it for you!

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    (emily at lieder dot net)

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