by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Mausfallensprüchlein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE ITA
Kleine Gäste, kleines Haus.
Liebe Mäusin oder Maus,
[Stell]1 dich nur kecklich ein
[Heut']2 nacht bei Mondenschein!
Mach aber die Tür fein hinter dir zu,
Hörst du?
Dabei hüte dein Schwänzchen!
Nach Tische singen wir,
Nach Tische springen wir
Und machen ein Tänzchen:
Witt witt!
Meine alte Katze tanzt wahrscheinlich mit.

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The poem has this at the head: "(Das Kind geht dreimal um die Falle und spricht:)"
1 Wolf: "Stelle"
2 Wolf: "Heute"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "A little mousetrap epigram", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , rhymed paraphrase, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Petit épigramme de la souricière", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Piccolo motto della trappola per topi", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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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: 51

A little mousetrap epigram
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Little guests, little house.
 Dear Miss or Mister Mouse,
 just boldly present yourself
 tonight in the moonlight!
 But shut the door tight behind you,
 do you hear?
 And be careful of your tail!
 After supper we will sing,
 After supper we will jump
 and do a little dance;
 Witt witt!
 My old cat will probably dance with us.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
Line count: 12
Word count: 59