Parsley, Parsley

Parsley, parsley, good for soup,

growing in our garden.

An is going to be a bride,

so best not wait much longer,

if she wants to go to church,

without her belly in the lurch.

Plattdeutsch original:

Petersiljen, Soppenkruut

Wasst in usem Garen,

Use Antjen de is Bruut,

Schall nig lang meer waren,

Dat se na der Karken geit

Un den Rock in Folen sleit

Edward Shorter, 1982. A History of Women’s Bodies. Allen Lane. p214. Quoted from Siegmar Schultze (pseud.Dr.Aigremont), Volkserotiek und Pflanzenwelt, 2 vols. (Halle, 1908-09), I, 139.