I went to bed with a wandering girl,
her dark hair shone with glints of moon
and we played at love in my room of red,
till midnight rang and the stars came down.
When we went to sleep I gladly dreamed
that we played at love in a room of green.
But in that dream I fell asleep
and dreamt we lay in a room of black,
then the black door opened and a man stood there:
It is my husband screamed the girl,
the one I’ve feared for seven years,
he’s come to take my soul from me.
At once we woke in the room of green,
My soul has gone! she cried in fear,
then the green door opened and a man came in:
It is my husband shrieked the girl,
The one I’ve fled these seven years,
he’s come to take my love from me.
And when we woke in the room of red,
she trembled as she clung to me:
O husband where’s my lover gone?
I looked around, no word I said,
but rent her limbs with smoking hands,
then closed the door on that room so red.