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Thread #6920   Message #1358408
Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
16-Dec-04 - 05:20 AM
Thread Name: Lyrics Versions: Brahms' Lullaby
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Brahms' Lullaby
Bedacht - Wolfgang's covered with a roof is a fine solution. One would expect bedeckt (covered), but it must rhyme to Nacht
Since bedacht is also part. perf. pass. of bedenken, the better posibility is: bedenken mit = to give someone something, as Wolfgang puts it. I don't think it is obsolete; one may hear it seldom, but it still in use.

Nägelein, Braunnägelein = Nelke (carnation). Nägelein = dim. of Nagel (nail) because of the form of the clove (fruit of the carnation), with inversion of the liquid and the guttural. Braun = brown.