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Was klappert im Hause so laut? horch,...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was klappert im Hause so laut? horch, horch!
Ich glaub, ich glaube, das ist der Storch.

Das war der Storch. Seid, Kinder, nur still,
Und hört, was gern ich erzählen euch will.

Er hat euch gebracht ein Brüderlein
Und hat gebissen Mutter ins Bein.

Sie liegt nun krank, doch freudig dabei,
Sie meint, der Schmerz zu ertragen sei.

Das Brüderlein hat euer gedacht,
Und Zuckerwerk die Menge gebracht,

Doch nur von den süßen Sachen erhält,
Wer artig ist und still sich verhält.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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 (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "What is clicking so loudly in the house", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "La cigogne claquetante", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-09-24 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:01
Line count: 12
Word count: 82

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La cigogne claquetante

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

Qu'est-ce qui claquète si fort ? écoute ! écoute !
Je crois, je crois que c'est la cigogne.

C'était la cigogne, soyez tranquilles, les enfants,
Et écoutez ce que je vais vous raconter.

Elle vous a aujourd'hui apporté un petit frère
Et a mordu votre mère à la jambe.

Maintenant elle est au lit, malade mais joyeuse,
Elle pense que la douleur est supportable.

Le petit frère a pensé à vous
Et vous a apporté des sucreries,

Mais seuls obtiendront des douceurs
Ceux qui se tiendront sages et tranquilles.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Pierre Mathé, (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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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838), "Der Klapperstorch" ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Erik Meyer-Helmund, Max Oberleithner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-01-24 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:13
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Word count: 89