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Es war einmal, ihr Leute

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es war einmal, ihr [Leute]1, 
Ein Knäblein jung und zart,
Hieß Friedrich, war daneben
Recht gut von Sinnesart.
War freundlich und bescheiden,
Nicht zänkisch und nicht wild,
War sanft wie kleine Schäfchen,
Und wie ein Täubchen mild.

Drum gab auch Gott Gedeihen,
Das Knäblein wuchs heran,
Und seine Eltern hatten 
Recht ihre Freude dran.
Zu Schul' und Gotteshause
Sah man es fleißig geh'n,
Und Jedem, der es grüßte,
gar freundlich Rede steh'n.

Auch war ihm in der Schule
Ein Jeder herzlich gut,
Denn Allen macht es Freude,
Und Allen war es gut.
Einst hieß es: Brüder, morgen 
Fällt sein Geburtstag ein!
Gleich riefen All' und Jede:
Der muß gefeiert sein.


Translation(s): DUT FRE

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Note: The subject of the poem is the then hereditary Prince Friedrich von Anhalt-Dessau.
1 in some versions of the Mozart "Leutchen" (?)

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  • by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791), "Des kleinen Friedrichs Geburtstag", K. 529 (1787), Title of French translation: "L'anniversaire du petit Friedrich"; title of Dutch translation: "De verjaardag van de kleine Frits".

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Il était une fois, bonnes gens

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

Il était une fois, bonnes gens,
Un petit garçon jeune et doux,
Qui s'appelait Friedrich, qui en plus
Était de bonne disposition.
Il était aimable et modeste,
Ni querelleur, ni sauvage,
Il était doux comme un petit agneau,
Et gentil comme une tourterelle.

C'est pourquoi Dieu lui accorda la prospérité ;
Le petit garçon grandit,
Et ses parents en eurent
Une grande joie.
À l'école et à l'église,
On le vit aller avec application,
Et à ceux qui le saluaient,
Il répondait tout à fait aimablement.

À l'école aussi,
Tout le monde était aimable avec lui,
Car il les rendait tous heureux
Et il était bon envers tous.
Un jour on annonça :
Frères, demain ce sera
Son anniversaire !
Tout un chacun s'écria :
Cela doit être fêté !


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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