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Language: German (Deutsch)

Roter Ringelrosenbusch hat mein Hemd zerrissen,
weißes Schnabelgänslein hat mich in's Bein gebissen.
Der Busch darf nicht mehr Rosen tragen,
weißes Gänslein werd' ich schlagen,
roter Ringelrosenbusch, Husch, husch!

Translation(s): ENG ENG

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Submitted by Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]


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):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , title 1: "Rose ringlets", 2011, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , title 1: "Ring of roses", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-03-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:31
Line count: 5
Word count: 29

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Ring of roses

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Red rambling rose bush has torn my shirt,
white little goose with the beak has bitten me on the leg.
The bush can no longer bear roses,
I am going to kill the white goose,
red rambling rose bush, shoo, shoo.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Elsa Bernstein (1866 - 1949), as Ernst Rosmer, appears in Königskinder
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Engelbert Humperdinck. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-03-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:38
Line count: 5
Word count: 41