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Es waren einmal drei Käferknaben

Language: German (Deutsch)

   Es waren [einmal]1 drei Käferknaben,
Die thäten mit Gebrumm brumm brumm
     In Thau ihr Schnäblein tunken,
     Und wurden so betrunken,
     Als wär's ein Faß mit Rum.
   Da haben sie getroffen an
Eine wunderschöne Blum Blum Blum,
     Da wurden die jungen Käfer
     Alle drei verliebte Schäfer
     Und flogen um sie herum.
   Die Blume, die sie kommen sah,
War g'rade auch nicht dumm dumm dumm.
     Sie war von schlauem Sinne
     Und rief die Base Spinne:
     "Spinn' mir ein Netzlein um!"
   Die Base Spinne kroch heran
Und macht' die Beine krumm krumm krumm;
     Sie spann ein Netz so feine
     Und setzte sich dareine,
     Und saß da mäuschenstumm.
   Und als die Käfer kommen an
Mit zärtlichem Gesumm summ summ,
     Sind sie hinein geflogen,
     Und wurden ausgesogen,
     Half ihnen kein Gebrumm.
   Das Blümlein aber lachend sprach,
Und kümmert sich nicht drum drum drum:
     So geht's, ihr lieben Käfer,
     So geht's, ihr lieben Schäfer,
     Trotz allem Summ und Brumm!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Beetle song", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant du scarabée", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-03-22 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:28

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Beetle song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

  Once upon time there were three beetle-lads,
With a buzz, buzz, buzz they
   Dunked their probosci into the dew,
   And became so drunk,
   As if the dew had been a barrel of rum.

  Then they happened upon
A beautiful flow'r, flow'r, flow'r,
   Upon which the young beetles
   All became three lovelorn shepherds
   And flew about [the flower].

  The flower, which saw them coming,
Was not exactly dumb, dumb, dumb.
   She had a clever mind
   And called to Madame Spider:
   "Come spin a net about me!"

  Madame Spider crept up
And made her legs curl, curl, curl;
   She spun a net so fine
   And sat down in the middle of it,
   And sat there quiet as a mouse.

  And as the beetles arrived
With a tender hum hum hum,
   They flew into the web,
   And were sucked dry,
   And no buzzing helped them.

  But the flower said laughingly,
Not caring a whit whit whit:
   That's how it goes, you dear beetles,
   That's how it goes, you dear shepherds,
   Despite all humming and buzzing!

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