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Sag mir, wer einst die Uhren erfund

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Sag mir, wer einst die Uhren erfund,
Die Zeitabteilung, Minuten und Stund'?
Das war ein frierend trauriger Mann.
Er saß in der Winternacht und sann,
Und zählte der Mäuschen heimliches Quicken
Und des Holzwurms ebenmäßiges Picken.

  Sag mir, wer einst das Küssen erfund?
Das war ein glühend glücklicher Mund;
Er küßte und dachte nichts dabei.
Es war im schönen Monat Mai,
Die Blumen sind aus der Erde gesprungen,
Die Sonne lachte, die Vögel sungen.

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE

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P. Wedding sets stanza 2?

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heines sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, ed. Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Philipp Reclam jun., [no year], page 247.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Dis‑moi, qui un jour a inventé les...

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Dis-moi, qui un jour a inventé les pendules,
Les divisions du temps, les minutes et les heures ?
C'était un homme triste et froid,
Il était assis dans la nuit de l'hiver et songeait
Et comptait les couinements secrets des souriceaux
Et le tic-tac régulier des vers xylophages.

Dis-moi, qui un jour a inventé le baiser ?
C'était une bouche rayonnante de bonheur ;
Elle embrassait et ne pensait à rien d'autre,
C'était au joli mois de mai,
Les fleurs avaient jailli de terre,
Le soleil riait, les oiseaux chantaient.

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Text added to the website: 2011-03-18.
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