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Bei Goldhähnchens war ich jüngst zu...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Bei Goldhähnchens war ich [jüngst]1 zu Gast!
Sie wohnen im grünen Fichtenpalast
In einem Nestchen klein,
Sehr niedlich und sehr fein.
 
Was hat es gegeben? Schmetterlingsei,
Und [Mückensalat]2 und [Gnitzenbrei]3
Und Käferbraten famos --
Zwei Millimeter groß.4
 
Dann sang uns Vater Goldhähnchen was,
So zierlich klang's wie gesponnenes Glas.
Dann wurden die Kinder beseh'n:
Sehr niedlich alle zehn!
 
Dann sagt' ich: "Adieu!" und: "[danke]5 sehr!"
Sie sprachen:  "[Bitte]6, wir hatten die Ehr',
Es hat uns mächtig gefreut!"
Es sind doch reizende Leut!4


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Confirmed with Gedichte von Heinrich Seidel, Stuttgart und Berlin: J.G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachfolger, 1903, pages 114-115

1 Blech, Fleischer, Nössler: "heut"
2 Fleischer: "Mückenbraten"
3 Blech, Nössler: "Gritzenbrei"
4 Blech adds "Tra-la la la la la la la la"
5 Blech, Nössler: "Ich danke"
6 Blech, Nössler: "O bitte"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Addie Funk) , "Return from the Banquet"


Text added to the website: 2008-06-29.
Last modified: 2016-08-16 14:48:23
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Word count: 81

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Return from the Banquet

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

At Robin Redbreast's I've been to dine;
They live in a greenwood palace fine,
In a dear cozy nest,
And there I was their guest. 

What was for dinner? Butterfly eggs,
and salad of gnats with beetle legs,
And firefly roast, o 't was great!
Two milligrams in weight. 
Tra-la la la la la la la la.

Then Father Robin gave us a song,
In flutelike notes so soft and long. 
We looked at the little ones then;
Cute and sweet all the ten. 

Then "thank you so much," said I, "and good-bye!"
"So glad to have had you here," was the reply,
"Of thanks there's really no need!"
They're charming people indeed. 
Tra-la la la la la la la la.


From the Blech score.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Seidel (1842 - 1906), "Bei Goldhähnchens"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Leo Blech, Carl Bohm, Gustav Fleischer, Eduard Karl Nössler. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2008-06-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:45
Line count: 18
Word count: 121