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Auf der Treppe sitzen meine Öhrchen

Language: German (Deutsch)

"Auf der Treppe sitzen meine Öhrchen,
Wie zwei Kätzchen, die die Milch erwarten...
Auf der Treppe sitzt mein Herz und harret,
Wie ein Geistchen, Kinn in Hand gestützet.

Doch der Bote mit den Briefen kommt nicht.
Taub und ohne Seele drin im Zimmer lieg ich. 
Wünsche nichts zurück zu haben.
Nicht die rosa Kätzchen, nicht das Geistchen."

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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "On the steps sit my little ears", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Mes petites oreilles sont assises dans l'escalier", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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Word count: 57

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Mes petites oreilles sont assises dans l'escalier

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

« Mes petites oreilles sont assises dans l'escalier
Comme deux chatons qui attendent le lait ...
Mon cœur est assis dans l'escalier et attend,
Comme un petit fantôme, le menton calé dans les mains.

Mais le messager n'apporte pas de lettre.
Je suis allongé dans la pièce, sourd et sans âme.
Je n'espère plus rien en retour.
Ni le chaton rose, ni le petit fantôme. »

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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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Text added to the website: 2011-07-22.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:29
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Word count: 66