Translation © by Laura Prichard

Wille wille will, der Mann ist kommen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Wille wille will, der Mann ist kommen,
wille wille will, was bracht er dann?
Wille wille will, viel Zuckerwaffeln,
wille wille will, dies Kindelein soll han!

Wille wille will, der Mann ist kommen,
wille wille will, was bringt er mehr?
Wille wille will, gar hübsche Sachen,
wille wille will, die Taschen sind ihm schwer!

Wille wille will, was solls noch geben?
wille wille will, ein Rütelein!
Wille wille will, er hörte schreien,
wille wille will, ein schlimmes Bübelein!

Wille wille will, mein Kind ist artig,
wille wille will, mein Kind ist still!
Wille wille will, das Rütlein geben,
wille wille will, dem der es eben will!

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Wille wille wil, de man, hij kwam, ja", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Wille wille will, the man has come
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Wille wille will1, the man has come,
wille wille will, what did he bring?
Wille wille will, lots of sweet waffles,
wille wille will, this kid’ll have some!
Wille wille will, the man has come,
wille wille will, what else did he bring?
Wille wille will, gorgeous things,
wille wille will, his pockets are loaded!

Wille wille will, what else will he give us?
wille wille will, a little rod!
Wille wille will, he could hear the shrieking,
wille wille will, of a bad little boy!

Wille wille will, my child is good,
wille wille will, my child is quiet!
Wille wille will, the stick can be given,
wille wille will, to anyone who needs it!

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1 Translator's note: will can be a shortened version of the child’s nickname Wille (from Willem or Wilhelm), or can refer to the verb wollen, i.e. Willie, Willie wants soemthing...

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Text added to the website: 2016-10-22 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-10-22 10:34:38
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