Before A Court Of Justice – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE father’s name ye ne’er shall be told 
Of my darling unborn life; 

“Shame, shame,” ye cry, “on the strumpet bold!” 
Yet I’m an honest wife. 
To whom I’m wedded, ye ne’er shall be told, 
Yet he’s both loving and fair; 

He wears on his neck a chain of gold, 
And a hat of straw doth he wear. 
If scorn ’tis vain to seek to repel, 
On me let the scorn be thrown. 

I know him well, and he knows me well, 
And to God, too, all is known. 
Sir Parson and Sir Bailiff, again, 
I pray you, leave me in peace! 

My child it is, my child ’twill remain, 
So let your questionings cease!

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