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LENZ, Jakob


Lied zum teutschen Tanz

O Angst! tausendfach Leben!

O Mut, den Busen geschwellt,

Zu taumeln, zu wirbeln, zu schweben,

Als ging‘s so fort aus der Welt!

Kürzer die Brust

Atmet die Lust.

Alles verschwunden,

Was uns gebunden.

Frei wie der Wind,

Götter wir sind!