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Versunken (1821) D715


Voll Locken kraus ein Haupt so rund! –
Und darf ich dann in solchen reichen Haaren 
Mit vollen Händen hin und wider fahren,
Da fühl’ ich mich von Herzensgrund gesund. 
Und küss ich Stirne, Bogen, Auge, Mund, 
Dann bin ich frisch und immer wieder wund. 
Der fünfgezackte Kamm, wo sollt’ er stocken? 
Er kehrt schon wieder zu den Locken.
Das Ohr versagt sich nicht dem Spiel,
So zart zum Scherz, so liebeviel!
Doch wie man auf dem Köpfchen kraut,
Man wird in solchen reichen Haaren
Für ewig auf und nieder fahren.
Voll Locken kraus ein Haupt so rund.

Rapt Absorption

A head so round, so full of curly locks!
And when I am allowed to fill my hands
with this abundant hair, and run them to and fro, 
then I feel good from the depths of my heart.
And when I kiss her forehead, eyebrows, eyes
and mouth I am afflicted afresh and ever again. 
This five-toothed comb, where should it stop? 
Already it returns to your curls. The ear,
too, cannot refrain from joining in the game;
so delicate it is in playful dalliance, so full of love! 
But he who fondles this little head
will, in such abundant hair,
move his hands up and down for ever.
A head so round, so full of curly locks!

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