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Es war eine Ratt' im Kellernest

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es war eine Ratt' im Kellernest,
Lebte nur von Fett und Butter,
[Hatte]1 sich ein Ränzlein angemäst't,
Als wie der Doctor Luther.
Die Köchin hatt' ihr Gift gestellt;
Da ward's so eng' ihr in der Welt,
Als [hätte]2 sie Lieb' im Leibe.

Sie fuhr herum, sie fuhr heraus
Und soff aus allen Pfützen,
Zernagt', zerkratzt' das ganze Haus,
[Wollt']3 nichts ihr Wüten nützen;
Sie tät' gar manchen Ängstesprung,
Bald [hatte]1 das arme Tier genung
Als hätt' [es]4 Lieb' im Leibe.

Sie kam [für]5 Angst am hellen Tag
Der Küche zugelaufen,
Fiel an den Herd und zuckt' und lag,
Und tät erbärmlich schnaufen.
Da lachte die [Vergifterinn]6 noch:
Ha! sie pfeift auf dem letzten Loch,
Als [hätte]2 sie Lieb' im Leibe.


Translation(s): ENG FRE IRI ITA

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1 Busoni, Kreutzer, Radziwill, Wagner: "Hatt' "
2 Busoni, Kreutzer, Radziwill, Wagner: "hätt' "
3 Radziwill: "Wollte"
4 Busoni, Kreutzer, Wagner: "sie"
5 Busoni, Kreutzer, Radziwill, Wagner: "vor"
6 Busoni, Kreutzer, Wagner: "Vergift'rin"

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Gérard Labrunie) , no title, appears in Le Faust de Goethe [an adaptation]
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Cantina di Auerbach a Lipsia", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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