by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Die drei Spatzen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
In einem leeren Haselstrauch
Da sitzen drei Spatzen, Bauch an Bauch.

Der Erich rechts und links der Franz
Und mitten drin der freche Hans.

Sie haben die Augen zu, ganz zu,
Und obendrüber da schneit es, hu!

Sie rücken zusammen dicht an dicht.
So warm wie der Hans hats niemand nicht.

Sie hören alle drei ihrer Herzlein Gepoch.
Und wenn sie nicht weg sind, so sitzen sie noch.


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The three sparrows", copyright © 2017
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Les trois moineaux", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-07-11
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Word count: 68

The three sparrows
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In a hazel tree with bare branches
Sit three sparrows, belly beside belly.

Erich on the right and to the left Franz
And in between them, brash Hans.

They have their eyes shut, tightly shut,
And over everything falls the snow, whoo!

They jiggle together tightly, so tightly.
None is as warm as Hans.

Each of the three can hear the others' heartbeats.
And if they haven't flown away yet, they are sitting there still.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-11-16
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Word count: 75