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Language: German (Deutsch)

Spare deine Erstlingsküsse
Für den Liebsten, schlankes Kind,
Denn du weißt nicht, aber wisse,
Daß versagt die meinen sind.

Schmiege nicht, du wilde Taube,
Dich an dieses Herz so fest,
Denn du glaubst nicht, aber glaube:
Längst bewohnt ist dieses Nest.

Lächle nicht! Und war's mit Schmerze --
Hohe Zeit ist, daß du lernst:
Lächeln darf ich nur im Scherze,
Und du lächelst ach! im Ernst.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2011-10-13.

Notes about what "text verified" means can be found here.

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