a poem [anonymous]

 

Here is another translation I did of a small medieval German poem from my old verse book. I’m becoming a little more comfortable reading and understanding this type of German. The words are either identical or nearly identical to high German and when read aloud, sound a lot like English. There was no information about the writer of this poem.

[Anonymen]

Dû bist mîn, ich dîn:
des solt dû gewis sîn.
Dû bist besloʐʐen
in mînem herzen;
verlorn ist daʐ slüʐʐelîn:
dû muost immer drinne sîn.
Wær diu werlt alliu mîn
von dem mere unz an den Rîn,
des wolt ih mih darben,
daʐ diu künegîn von Engellant
læge an mînem arme.

[Anonymous]

You are mine, I am yours:
you must be sure.
You are locked away
in my heart;
the key mislaid:
and you are inside of it always.
If I owned the world
from the ocean to the Rhine,
if I could have
the Queen of England
resting in my arms.

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4 comments

  1. I just tried reading this aloud to my husband (German) and he wondered if something was wrong with my ears or my beginner articulation, if it had got worse! lol. Lovely sentiment, this poem.

  2. There is a slight different pronunciation. I’m having trouble finding a website that explains it but I’m fortunate enough to have it explained at the beginning of my verse book. I’ll try to get an image of it.

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