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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

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