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Ihren Schäfer zu erwarten
Last updated: 22.04.17
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"Ihren Schäfer zu erwarten" comes from Upper Silesia and the lyrics were first published in 1771. The version I sing can be found in Lieder, Songs und Gospels 3.
This is an amusing tale of a young lady being outwitted by her mother. The young maiden, Phyllis, creeps out at night for a rendezvous with her boyfriend, Damöt and falls asleep in a grove. She is followed by her wily mother who awakens the wayward child with gentle kisses. The mother then rousingly upbraids her daughter and threatens to lock her up in a convent. The by no means repentant offspring refuses to be bullied in this manner because a) her mother never went to convent and b) others in her awkward position are not sent to convent for following natural desires.
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