Ich klag mich seer ich armes weyb (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-07)  CPDL #45303:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2017-07-07).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 268 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ich klag mich seer ich armes weyb
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1540 in Teutsche Liedlein (Georg Forster), Vol 2, no. 33


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Original text and translations

German.png German text

ich armes weyb/
   das mir so seer
   mein stoltzer leyb/
   die flöch grimlich zu beysen/
   und nur die leylach bscheyssen/
   wüst ich dar für ein fündt/
   wie ichs vertreyben kundt.
So geb ich etwas drumb/
   mein man ligt wie ein stumb/
   in seinen bschissen schuhen/
   thut mein kein floch nit suchen/
   es stinkt im das maul/
   recht wie ein acker gaul.

English.png English translation

(A somewhat free translation.)

I poor woman must complain loudly
   the crowd mock my beautyfull body
   and slandourously smirch me.
   If I only knew why and how
   so I could end this slander.
Mayhapp It has something to do with This:
  My husband always just lays like a log
  with his manure cowerd shoes on.
  Can the crowd berate me for this
  His breath stinks
  just like a manureditch.