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Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hab mir einen Kranz gepflückt
Von Rosen rot und weiß;
Ich will mir suchen einen Schatz,
Will sehn, wer einen weiß.

Ich bin schon achtzehn Jahre alt
Und brauche einen Mann;
Ich will den Kuckuck fragen gehn,
Wie fang ich es wohl an.

Der Kuckuck sagt, er weiß es nicht,
Hat selber keine Frau;
So geh ich zu der Nachtigall,
Wenn abends fällt der Tau.

Die Nachtigall, die weiß es nicht,
Ihr Mann ist lange tot;
Drum singt sie lauter Traurigkeit,
Drum singt sie lauter Not.

Der Kuckuck und die Nachtigall,
Die singen ach und weh;
Und ich steh da und bin allein
Im Gras und grünem Klee.

Confirmed with Hermann Löns, Die wichtigsten Werke von Hermann Löns, Musaicum/OK Publishing, 2017,

Submitted by Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]


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