by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Köpfchen, Köpfchen, nicht gewimmert
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Köpfchen, Köpfchen, nicht gewimmert,
halt dich wacker, halt dich munter,
stütz zwei gute Säulchen unter,
heilsam aus Geduld gezimmert!
Hoffnung schimmert,
wie sich's auch verschlimmert
und dich kümmert.
Mußt mit Grämen 
dir nichts zu Herzen nehmen,
ja kein Märchen,
daß zu Berg dir stehn die Härchen;
da sei Gott davor
und der Riese Christophor!

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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-11
Line count: 13
Word count: 54

Noggin, noggin, don’t whimper
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Noggin, noggin, don’t whimper,
stay brave, stay sprightly,
support two good pillars under you,
timbered wholly of patience!
Hope shimmers,
however aggravated you are
and you suffer.
You must not greviously	 
take anything to heart,
especially not a failry tale
that stands your hair on end;
God forbid that
and St. Christopher [forbid it]!

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Translation of title "Preciosa's Sprüchlein gegen Kopfweh" = "Preciosa's proverb against headaches"
Translator's notes:
Line 3: "pillars" - or legs.
Line 13: St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-08
Line count: 13
Word count: 54