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An den Frühling (1815) D283

An den Frühling

Willkommen, schöner Jüngling! 
Du Wonne der Natur!
Mit deinem Blumenkörbchen 
Willkommen auf der Flur!
Ei, ei! da bist du wieder!
Und bist so lieb und schön! 
Und freun wir uns so herzlich, 
Entgegen dir zu gehn.
Denkst auch noch an mein Mädchen? 
Ei, Lieber, denke doch!
Dort liebte mich das Mädchen
Und’s Mädchen liebt mich noch!
Für’s Mädchen manches Blümchen 
Erbat ich mir von dir.
Ich komm’ und bitte wieder,
Und du? Du gibst es mir.

To Spring

Welcome, fair youth, 
nature’s delight!
Welcome to the meadows 
with your basket of flowers!
Ah, you are here again, 
so dear and lovely!
We feel such joy
as we come to meet you.
Do you still think of my sweetheart? 
Ah, dear friend, think of her!
There my girl loved me,
and she loves me still!
I asked you for many flowers 
for my sweetheart.
I come and ask you once more, 
and you? You give them to me.

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