A Mames Harts

A Mame’s Harts  as recorded by Chaim Towber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBQcK0IotgE

translation by Jane Enkin and Justin Jaron Lewis

A matone fun dem himl hot undz got geshikt

A malakh far a mentsh hot zikh farshtelt

Un ver es hot nor di matone

der iz shoyn baglikt

Di greste brokhe iz zi far der velt

Der mentsh fun zayn geboyrn

Er vert fun ir gehit

Un hot men zi farloyrn

Keyn tsveyte krigt men nit

A mames harts iz reyn vi burshtinen

A mames harts iz klor vi diamant

A mames harts iz shver tsu gefinen

A mame iz der eyntsiker fraynd

A mames harts iz gots grester vunder

Zi vil far zikh aleyn keyn zakh nit

Zi iz zikh makriv far ire kinder

Zi nemt keynmol gornit, nor zi git

Ir lebn

Ir shtrebn

Gegebn

A mames harts iz shver tsu gefinen

A mame iz der eyntsiker fraynd

SPOKEN

Oy dermont zikh kinder

Hot ir shoyn fargesn

Vifl nekht on shlof

Di mame iz ba ayer vigele gezesn

Vifl mol zi hot aykh avegegebn ir letstn bisn

Un ba yeder krankhayt kholile

Iz ir harts gevorn fun shrek tserisn.

Kinder!

Di mame git aykh avek

Ir lebn, ir yugnt, ire shenste yor

Far der tsayt

Vern vays fun der mames kop di hor

Far der tsayt

Vert a mames glaykhe pleytse geboygn

Far der tsayt

Leshn zikh ire sheyne oygn

Nor vi tif iz di veytik fun a mamen

Ven ire kinder vaksn oys groys

Un zey lakhn zikh fun der mame oys

Vos vil zi, di mame, zogn zey

Vos geyt zi shtendik an umtsufridene

Vos veys zi, vos farshteyt zi

Di narishe old-fashioned yidene

Tut es nisht, kinder

Shanevet a mames trer

Vayl oyf der gantser velt iz do

Nor eyn mame nisht mer

SUNG

Zi iz zikh makriv far ire kinder

Zi nemt keynmol gornit, nor zi git

Ir lebn

Ir shtrebn

Gegebn

A mames harts iz shver tsu gefinen

A mame iz der eyntsiker fraynd

A gift from heaven God has sent to us

An angel disguised as a person

And whoever has only this gift

Is fortunate

The best blessing is she in the world

A person from their birth

Is watched over by her

And if they have lost her

A second they don’t receive

A mama’s heart is pure as amber

A mama’s heart is clear as diamond

A mama’s heart is hard to find

A mama is the only friend

A mama’s heart is God’s greatest wonder

She wants for herself nothing

She sacrifices herself for her children

She takes nothing, she only gives

Her life

Her striving

Given

A mama’s heart is hard to find

A mama is the only friend

 

Oy, remember children

Have you already forgotten

How many nights without sleep

Your mama has sat by your cradle

How many times she has given away her last bite

And with every illness, God forbid

Has her heart been torn in fear

Children!

Your mama gives away for you

Her life, her youth, her finest years

Before her time

A mama’s hair becomes white

Before her time

A mama’s shoulders stoop

Before her time

Her lovely eyes dim

And how deep is the sorrow of a mama

When her children grow up

And they make fun of their mother

What does she want, mama, they say

Why does she always go around an unhappy one

What does she know, what does she understand

The foolish, old-fashioned woman

Don’t do it, children

Cherish a mama’s tears

For in the whole world is there

Only one mama, not more

She sacrifices herself for her children

She takes nothing, she only gives

Her life

Her striving

Given

A mama’s heart is hard to find

A mama is the only friend

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