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), Volume 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.