Wê, wie lange sol ich ringen
(Heinrich von Morungen)
Wê, wie lange sol ich ringen
umbe ein wîp, der ich noch nie wort zuo gesprach?
wie sol mir an ir gelingen?
seht, des wundert mich, wan es ê niht geschach,
Daz ein man also tobt, als ich tuon zaller zît,
daz ich sî sô herzeclîche minne
und es ê' nie gewuoc und ir dient iemer sît.
 Ich weiz vil wol, daz si lachet,
swenne ich vor ir stân und enweiz, wer ich bin.
sâ zehant bin ich geswachet,
swenne ir schœne nimt mir sô gar mînen sin.
Got weiz wol, daz si noch mīniu wort nie vernam,
wan daz ich ir diende mit gesange,
sô ich beste kunde, und als ir wol gezam.
Owê des, waz rede ich tumme?
daz ich niht enrette als ein sæliger man!
sô swîge ich rehte als ein stumme,
der von sīner nôt niht gesprechen enkan,
Wan daz er mit der hant sīniu wort tiuten muoz.
als erzeige ich ir mîn wundez herze
unde valle vür sî unde nîge ûf ir vuoz.
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by the composer H.W. Gade © 1989
Alas, how long shall I fight

I.Alas, how long shall I fight
For a woman whom I never spoke a word,
How can I succeed with her,
See, that puzzles me, that never once before,
A man did rage as I do all the time,
That I love her with all my heart,
And never thought about it
And nevertheless I have served her ever since.
II.I know very well that she smiles,
When I stand in front of her, and don't know who I am,
So weak do I become,
When her beauty has deprived me of my senses,
God knows well that she hasn't yet perceived my words,
Only with songs have I served her,
The best I could, and to which she was entitled.
III.Alas, what do I say, foolish me,
Why do I not talk as a blessed man?
So let me stay silent as a dumb person,
Who cannot speak his needs,
And with his hands he must express his words,
Likewise I show her my wounded heart
Falling down for her, and bowing my head to her foot.

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