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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.
- by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914), "Die drei Spatzen", appears in Nachlese zu den Kindergedichten [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Die drei Spatzen", 2013 [ mezzo-soprano and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Alfred von Beckerath (1901 - 1978), "Die drei Spatzen" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Wilfried Hiller , "Die drei Spatzen", from Morgenstern-Liederbuch [sung text not yet checked]
- by Konrad Seckinger (1935 - 2015), "Die drei Spatzen" [ women's chorus and harp or piano ], from Schmunzeleien - Heiteres nach texten von Ringelnatz, Endrikat, Morgenstern und Busch [sung text not yet checked]
- by Franz Tischhauser (b. 1921), "Die drei Spatzen", 1937 [ soprano and piano ], from Klein Irmchen, no. 2 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Katrin Weber , "Die drei Spatzen" [sung text not yet checked]
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
Line count: 10
Word count: 68
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.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2017 by Emily Ezust
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914), "Die drei Spatzen", appears in Nachlese zu den Kindergedichten
This text was added to the website: 2017-11-16
Line count: 10
Word count: 75