by Rudolf Löwenstein (1819 - 1891)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Der Mai, der Mai
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
     Der Mai, der Mai
     kommt nun herbei!
Frühlingsregen, Frühlingssegen,
frische Keime, grüne Sprossen, 
Duft und Blumen lachen wieder, 
und der Bach kommt rasch geschossen. 
In den Lüften auf und nieder 
     klingen wieder
     süße Lieder.
Seid willkommen, liebe Gäste, 
in dem schönen Frühlingsfeste! 
Lehrt mich singen, Vögelein, 
lehrt mich danken hell und rein 
dem, der aus des Himmels Bläue 
auf mich schaut mit Lieb' und Treue!

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Confirmed with Deutsches Lesebuch für die Mittelklassen der Volksschulen, II. Hälfte, Ferdinand Krieger & G.A. Marschall (eds.), München: Expedition des kgl. Central-Schulbücher-Verlages, 1878, page 77.


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May, May
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
     May, May
     is now arriving!
Spring rain, spring blessings,
fresh sprouts, green shoots,
scent and flowers smile once more,
and the brook comes sweeping along rapidly.
Up and down in the breezes
     once more are sounding
     sweet songs.
Dear guests, be welcome
At the beautiful festival of spring!
Teach me how to sing, little birds,
teach me to give thanks brightly and purely
to Him who from the blue of heaven
gazes down upon me with love and constancy!

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Translations of title(s):
"Der Mai" = "May"
"Mai" = "May"


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