<< Back to previous page

Kinder-yorn

Artist: Mordekhay Gebirtig
Add link to performance
Add background information
Add supplement
First posted by: yidlid.org

Transliteration

Kinder-yorn, zise kinder-yorn, Eybik blaybt ir vakh in mayn zikorn; Ven ikh trakht fun ayer tsayt, Vert mir azoy bang un layd — Oy, vi shnel bin ikh shoyn alt gevorn. Nokh shteyt mir dos shtibl far di oygn, Vu ikh bin geboyrn, oyfgetsoygn Oykh mayn vigl, ze ikh dort, Shteyt nokh oyf dem zelbn ort — Vi a kholem iz dos alts farfloygn. Un mayn mame, akh, vi kh'fleg zi libn, Khotsh zi hot in kheyder mikh getribn; Yeder knip iz fun ir hant Mir nokh azoy gut bakant — Khotsh keyn tseykhn iz mir nisht farblibn. Nokh ze ikh dikh, feygele, du sheyne, Nokh kush ikh di royte beklekh dayne, Dayne oygn ful mit kheyn, Dringen in mayn harts arayn, Kh'hob gemeynt, du vest amol zayn mayne. Kinder-yorn, yunge sheyne blumen! Ts'rik tsu mir vet ir shoyn mer nisht kumen; Yorn alte, troyerike, Kalte, more-shkhoyredike Hobn ayer sheynem plats farnumen. Kinder-yorn, kh'hob aykh ongevoyrn, Mayn getraye mamen oykh farloyrn, Fun der shtub nishto keyn flek, Feygele iz oykh avek, Oy, vi shnel bin ikh shoyn alt gevorn.

Translation

Childhood, sweet childhood, Forever will you stay awake in my memories; When I think about your time, I feel so much regret and grieving— Oh, how fast I became old. I still see in front of me the house, Where I was born and raised My cradle also, I see it there, Still stands in the same place — As a dream all has flown away. And my mother, ah, I loved her so much, Though she made me go to school; Each pinch from her hand I still remember so good — Though I haven't got any marks left. I still see you, Feygele, you so beautiful, I kiss you once more on your red cheeks, Your graceful eyes Penetrate my heart, I had thought you would someday be mine. Childhood, young lovely flowers! You won't ever come back to me; Old, sad, Cold, gloomy years Took your beautiful place. Childhood, I lost you, Ma faithful mother, also lost, Nothing left of the house, Feygele also gone, Oh, how fast I became old.