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Die Schnupftabaksdose

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es war eine Schnupftabaksdose,
Die hatte Friedrich der Große
Sich selbst geschnitzelt aus Nußbaumholz.
Und darauf war sie natürlich stolz.

Da kam ein Holzwurm gekrochen.
Der hatte Nußbaum gerochen.
Die Dose erzählte ihm lang und breit
Von Friedrich dem Großen und seiner Zeit.

Sie nannte den alten Fritz generös.
Da aber wurde der Holzwurm nervös
Und sagte, indem er zu bohren begann:
"Was geht mich Friedrich der Große an!"

Translation(s): ENG

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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):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , title 1: "The snuff box", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-05-12.
Last modified: 2016-10-27 17:30:09
Line count: 12
Word count: 69

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The snuff box

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

There was a snuff box,
that Frederick the Great himself
Had carved out of walnut.
And for this he was naturally proud.

There came a woodworm crawling.
He had smelled walnut.
The snuff box told him at length
Of Frederick the Great and his age.

He said the Old Fritz was generous.
But that made the woodworm jittery
And he said, as he began to bore:
"What has Frederick the Great to do with me!"

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 12
Word count: 75