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Die tote Nachtigall

Language: German

Du arme, kleine Nachtigall! 
Du solltest den Frühling wecken
mit deinem holden, süßen Schall, 
und nun muß dich die Erde decken! 

Dein Mütterlein sucht bang sein Kind, 
wie fehlst du im Kreis der Kleinen! 
Es weint sich fast die Augen blind, 
wie traurig, ach! Das ist zum weinen. 

Und wenn der Frühling nun erwacht 
mit seiner Nachtigallen Lieder, 
Dann schläfst du still in Grabes Nacht, 
und ach! kein Ruf erweckt dich wieder.



Translation(s): ENG

Submitted by Virginia Knight

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The dead nightingale", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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