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Kinderhymne (Childrens Hymn)

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Anmut sparet nicht noch M?he
Leidenschaft nicht noch Verstand
Da? ein gutes Deutschland bl?he
Wie ein andres gutes Land 

Da? die V?lker nicht erbleichen
Wie vor einer R?uberin
Sondern ihre H?nde reichen
Uns wie andern V?lkern hin.
Und nicht ?ber und nicht unter Andern V?lkern wolln wir sein Von der See bis zu den Alpen Von der Oder bis zum Rhein.
Und weil wir dies Land verbessern Lieben und beschirmen wir's Und das liebste mag's uns scheinen So wie andern V?lkern ihrs.
[translation] Spare no grace or pains of yours Spare no passion or insight So that a good Germany flowers Like many another good country.
So that the peoples do not turn pale Before us as before a bird of prey— But that they reach out their hands To us as to other peoples.
And so that we desire to be not above, and not below other peoples, >From the ocean to the Alps, from the Oder to the Rhein.
And because we are tending to this land, May we love and protect it; And may it seem to us the dearest, Just as to others their own land seems.

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