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Matten Has'

Language: Plattdeutsch

Lütt Matten de Has'
De mak sik en Spaß,
He weer bi't Studeern
Dat Danzen to lehrn,
Un danz ganz alleen
Op de achtersten Been.
Keem Reinke de Voss
Un dach: das en Kost!
Un seggt: Lüttje Matten,
So flink oppe Padden?
Un danzst hier alleen
Oppe achtersten Been?
Kumm, lat uns tosam!
[Ik]1 kann as de Dam!
De Krei de spęlt Fitel,
Denn geit dat canditel,
Denn geit dat mal schön
Op de achtersten Been!
Lütt Matten gev Pot.
De Voss beet em dot
Un sett sik in Schatten,
Verspis' de lütt Matten:
De Krei de kreeg een
Vun de achtersten Been.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Bronsart von Schellendorf's score has "Is" here - perhaps a typo?
Modern German version (Martin der Has'):

Klein Martin der Has'
Der macht sich 'nen Spaß,
Er war am Studiern,
Das Tanzen zu lernen,
Und tanzt ganz allein
Auf dem hintersten Bein.
Kam Rein'cke der Fuchs
Und dacht: welch ein Bissen!
Und sagt: Kleiner Martin
So flink auf den Füssen?
Und tanzest hier allein
Auf dem hintersten Bein?
Komm, laß uns zusammen!
Ich tanze als Dame!
Die Kräh' spielt die Fidel,
Dann geht es heididel!
Dann geht es mal schön
Auf dem hintersten Bein!
Klein Martin gab Pfötchen:
Der Fuchs bis ihn todt,
Und setzt sich in Schatten
Verspeiset Klein Martin:
Die Kräh' kriegt das eine
Der hintersten Beine.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani and Sharon Krebs [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 [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , M. v. Z., title 1: "Martin the Hare"

Text added to the website: 2009-05-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:13
Line count: 24
Word count: 103

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Martin the Hare

Language: English after the Plattdeutsch

Little Martin the hare
For a ball would prepare,
And it happened one day
He was dancing away,
Twirling round like a peg
On his hindermost leg.
There came Reynard the sinner,
And thought:  what a dinner!
Calls out forward darting,
Bravo, little Martin!
You twirl like a peg
On your hindermost leg?
Come dance now with me!
The lady I'll be!
The crow plays the fiddle,
Heididdle, Heididdle!
Then we'll twirl like two pegs
On our hindermost legs!
To the dance he was led,
The fox bit him dead,
Sat down in the hollow
Poor Martin to swallow;
The crow well did peg
At a hindermost leg.

From the Bronsart von Schellendorf score.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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)

    [ None yet in the database ]

Text added to the website: 2010-01-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:32
Line count: 24
Word count: 108