Translation Singable translation by John Bernhoff (flourished 1890-1912)

Herr Lenz
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Herr Lenz springt heute durch die Stadt
In einer blauen Hose.
Und wer zwei junge Beine hat,
Springt säftefroh, springt sonnensatt
Und kauft sich bei ihm Lose.

Dort biegt er um das Giebelhaus,
Die Taschen voller Gaben,
Da strecken sich die Hände aus,
Ein jeder möchte einen Strauß,
[Fürs liebe]1 Mädel haben.

Ich hole mir auch einen Schatz
Hinweg von Glas und Schüssel.
Hut auf! Wir rennen übern Platz:
Herr Lenz, für ihren Busenlatz
[Ein']2 gelben Himmelsschlüssel!

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Confirmed with Emanuel von Bodman, Früher Mond. Gedichte, herausgegeben von Walter Rügert, Frauenfeld Stuttgart Wien: Verlag Huber, 2002, page 26.

1 von Horst, Strauss: "Hei! für sein"
2 von Horst, Strauss: "Ein'n"

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Senyor Abril", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Heer Lente", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Lord Spring", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Sir Spring", first published 1898
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Monsieur Printemps", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Messer Aprile", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 77

Sir Spring
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sir Spring once more is come to town,
His flow'ry garments weaving.
And lads and lassies shout and sing,
And dance around and welcome Spring,
His precious gifts receiving.

See! there he goes! Well, I declare,
He's turning down our alley,
And Jack, I know, will make a shift
To get a dainty little gift
Ay! for our pretty blue-eyed Sally.

I'll overtake him tho' and ask
Just what my love would fancy.
Here goes! I'm equal to the task:
Sir Spring! 'tis but one flow'r I ask:
Heart's-ease or dainty pansy!

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2019-10-22
Line count: 15
Word count: 92