by Bryan Waller Procter (1787 - 1874), as Barry Cornwall
Translation Singable translation by Karl Klingemann (1798 - 1862)

Sing, Maiden sing!
Language: English 
Sing, Maiden sing! 
  Mouths were made for singing;
Listen, -- Songs thou'lt hear
  Through the wide world ringing;
Songs from all the birds, 
  Songs from winds and showers,
Songs from seas and streams,
  Even from sweet flowers.

Hear'st thou the rain,
  How it gently falleth? 
Hearest thou the bird, 
  Who from forest calleth? 
Hearest thou the bee 
  O'er the sunflower ringing? 
Tell us, Maiden, now --
  Should'st thou not be singing? 

Hear'st thou the breeze
  Round the rose-bud sighing? 
And the [small sweet]1 rose 
  Love to love replying?
So should'st thou reply,
  To the [prayer]2 we're bringing: 
So that bud, thy mouth,
  Should [burst]3 forth in singing!

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Confirmed with Barry Cornwall, English Songs, and Other Small Poems: A New Edition, with Additions, London, Chapman and Hall, 1856, page 129.

1 Bennett: "sweet small"
2 Bennett: "pray'r"
3 Bennett: "break"

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Sing', Mädchen, sing'
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Sing', Mädchen, sing'!
Lippen sind zum Singen,
Höre durch das All
Süssen Sang erklingen:
Sang der Vöglein Schaar,
Sang vom Wind und Wellen,
Sang von Strom und See --
Hörst's aus Blüthen quellen.

Hörst Regens Fall,
Tröpf'lnd sanft hernieder,
Hörst die Nachtigall
Flötend ihre Lieder?
Hörst der Bienen Laut
Durch die Blumen klingen?
Sag' uns, Mädchen, sag',
Musst auch du nicht singen?

Hörst wie der West,
Gaukelt um die Rose,
Wie die Rose haucht
Lieb' fü'r Liebgekose?
So verlangt mein Lied
Dir in's Herz du dringen,
Bis dein Knospenmund
Öffnet sich zum Singen.

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Word count: 92