by Ernst Ludwig Schellenberg (1883 - 1964)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Mutter, liebe Mutter, komm rasch einmal her,
liebe Mutter, liebe Mutter, ich fürcht' mich so sehr,
ich fürcht' mich so sehr, komm rasch einmal her!

Mutter, liebe Mutter, ich hab ihr doch gar nichts getan,
da sieht mich die Fliege so böse an,
die Fliege so böse, so böse an.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Fraidy cat", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Brixius

This text was added to the website: 2008-08-08
Line count: 6
Word count: 50

Fraidy cat
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Mother, dear mother, just come here quickly,
Dear mother, dear mother, I am so frightened,
I am so frightened, just come here quickly!

Mother, dear mother, I did not do anything to it,
But that fly there is looking at me so angrily,
That fly [is looking] so angrily, so angrily at me.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-10-18
Line count: 6
Word count: 53