Mit dem grünen Lautenbande
To go with the Green Ribbon

Die Schöne Müllerin The Miller's pretty Daughter


‘Pity, the green ribbon
Should fade here on the wall,
I am so fond of green.’
That, my love, is what you said.
I took and sent it to you instantly
So you’d enjoy the green.

Even if your man is flour-white,
Green shall have its due.
I like the colour too,
Because our love is evergreen,
The bloom of distant hope stays green,
That’s why we like that hue.

Now, thread the ribbon prettily,
Green ribbon, through your hair
As you’re so fond of green.
Then I shall know where love resides,
Then I shall know where hope abides,
Then I shall take to green!