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Im Nebelgeriesel, im tiefen Schnee

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Nebelgeriesel, im tiefen Schnee,
Im wilden Wald, in der Winternacht,
Ich hörte der Wölfe Hungergeheul,
Ich hörte der Eulen Geschrei:
    Wille wau wau wau! 
      Wille wo wo wo!
        Wito hu!

Ich schoß einmal eine Katz' am Zaun,
Der Anne, der Hex', ihre [schwarze]1 Katz';
Da kamen des Nachts sieben Wehrwölf' zu mir,
[Es]2 waren sieben Weiber vom Dorf.
    Wille wau wau wau! 
      Wille wo wo wo!
        Wito hu!

Ich kannte sie all', ich kannte sie wohl
Die Anne, die Ursel, die Käth',
Die Liese, die Barbe, die Ev', die Beth';
Sie heulten im Kreise mich an.
    Wille wau wau wau! 
      Wille wo wo wo!
        Wito hu!

Da nannt' ich sie alle beim Namen laut:
Was willst du, Anne? was willst du, Beth?
[Da rüttelten sie sich, da schüttelten sie sich
Und liefen und heulten davon.]3
    Wille wau wau wau! 
      Wille wo wo wo!
        Wito hu!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Goethe's Sämtliche Werke, Volume 1, Paris, Gedruckt bei Paul Renouard, Tétot Frères, 1836, page 28.

1 Droste-Hülshoff: "schwarze liebe"
2 omitted by Droste-Hülshoff
3 Spohr: "Sie rüttelten sich, sie schüttelten sich,/ Und liefen heulend davon."

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson tsigane", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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