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Der Frosch

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Frosch sitzt in dem Rohre,
Der kleine, breite Mann,
Und singt sein Abendliedchen,
So gut er singen kann - Quak! Quack!1

Er meint, es klingt gar herrlich,
Könnts Niemand so wie er,
Er bläst sich auf gewaltig,
Meint Wunder, was er wär! - Quak! Quack!

Mit seinem breiten Maule
Fängt er sich Mücken ein,
Guckt mit den dicken Augen
Froh nach der Sonne Schein! - Quak! Quack!

Das ist ein ewig Quaken,
Er wird es nimmer müd,
So lange noch ein Blümchen
Im Wiesengrund nur blüht! - Quak! Quack!

Herr Frosch! nur zu gesungen,
Du bist ein lustger Mann;
Im Lenz muß Alles singen,
So gut es singen kann! - Quak! Quack!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Die Tierwelt nach ihrer Stellung in Mythologie und Volksglauben, in Sitte und Sage, im Geschichte und Litteratur, im Sprichwort und Volksfest. Kulturgeschichtliche Streifzüge von Carl Joseph Steiner, Gotha, Verlag von E. F. Thienemanns Hofbuchhandlung, 1891, pages 283-284.

1 [sic] - the spelling is different in the repetition.

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The frog", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-05-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:21
Line count: 20
Word count: 113

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The frog

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The frog sits in the reeds,
The little, broad fellow,
And sings his little evening song,
As well as he can sing - Croak! Croak!

He thinks it sounds quite splendid,
And that no one can sing it like he can,
He puffs himself up mightily
And thinks what a wonder he is! - Croak! Croak!

With his wide mouth
He catches himself mosquitoes
With his bulging eyes he gazes
Happily into the sunshine! - Croak! Croak!

That is an eternal croaking,
He never grows tired of it,
As long as still a floweret
Blooms in the meadow! - Croak! Croak!

Mister Frog! only keep on singing,
You are a jolly fellow;
In spring everything must sing
As well as it can sing! - Croak! Croak!

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Text added to the website: 2014-02-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:28
Line count: 20
Word count: 126