The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #68318   Message #1149919
Posted By: Kevin Sheils
30-Mar-04 - 08:47 AM
Thread Name: German folk song, help with translation
Subject: RE: German folk song, help with translation
    Oh mother, dearest mother,
Your counsel is not good.
The huntsman I hold dearer
Than all your chatt'l and good.


Taking that verse and Q's comment:

Verse 6- chattels is not much used now. Good as a singular noun for property is obsolete for most of us. Then all your worldly goods? Messes up the rhyme.

How about writing it as

Oh mother, dearest mother,
Your counsel I'll not hear.
The huntsman I hold dearer
Than all your goods and gear.