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Zwei Gänse

Language: German (Deutsch)

Zur weißen Gans sprach einst vertraulich eine graue:
"Laß uns spazieren geh'n nach jener grünen Aue,
Dort tun wir beide uns im jungen Grase gütlich,
Denn in Gesellschaft [gackt es sich doch gar]1 gemütlich."

"Nein!" sprach die weiße Gans, "Da muß ich refusieren,
Mit meinesgleichen nur geh' ich am Tag spazieren;
Vertraulichkeit mit dir gereichte mir zur Schande,
Zwar bin ich eine Gans, doch eine Gans von Stande!"

Translation(s): FRE

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1 Reger: "gackert es sich gar"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Deux oies", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:51

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Deux oies

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Une fois une oie blanche dit à une oie blanche tout bas :
« Allons marcher sur ces verts pâturages,
Là nous nous régalerons toutes les deux dans l'herbe jeune,
Parce que c'est bon de caqueter en compagnie. »

« Non » dit l'oie blanche, « Je dois refuser,
Le jour, je me promène seulement avec mes égales ;
Être intime avec toi me ferait honte,
Car bien que je sois une oie, je suis une oie d'un certain niveau ! »

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