by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Ich bin der wohlbekannte Sänger
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA TUR
Ich bin der [wohlbekannte]1 Sänger,
Der vielgereiste Rattenfänger,
Den diese altberühmte Stadt
Gewiß besonders nöthig hat;
Und wären's Ratten noch so viele,
Und wären Wiesel mit im Spiele;
Von allen säubr' ich diesen Ort,
Sie müssen mit einander fort.

Dann ist der gut gelaunte Sänger
Mitunter auch ein Kinderfänger,
Der selbst die wildesten bezwingt,
Wenn er die goldnen Mährchen singt.
Und wären Knaben noch so trutzig,
Und wären Mädchen noch so stutzig,
In meine Saiten greif' ich ein,
Sie müssen alle hinter drein.

Dann ist der vielgewandte Sänger
Gelegentlich ein Mädchenfänger;
In keinem Städtchen langt er an,
Wo er's nicht mancher angethan.
Und wären Mädchen noch so blöde,
Und wären Weiber noch so spröde;
Doch allen wird so liebebang
Bei Zaubersaiten und Gesang.
           (Von Anfang.)

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 200-201; and with Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1804, Herausgegeben von Wieland und Goethe, Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, pages 148-149.

1 Methfessel: "weitgereiste"; further changes may exist not noted.

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Sílvia Pujalte Piñán) , "El caçador de rates", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De rattenvanger", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le chasseur de rats", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il cacciatore di topi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • TUR Turkish (Türkçe) (Gül Sabar) , "Fare Avcısı", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-06-19 06:42:27
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Word count: 125

I am the well‑known singer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 I am the well-known singer,
 the widely-travelled rat-catcher,
 of whom this old, famous city
 certainly has an especial need.
 And even if the rats are very numerous,
 and even if there are weasels in the picture,
 of each and every one I'll clear this place;
 they must all go away.

 Then also, this well-disposed singer
 is from time to time a child-catcher,
 who can capture even the wildest
 when he sings golden fairy tales.
 And even if the boys are defiant, 
 and even if the girls are startled,
 I pluck my strings
 and each and every one must follow.

 Then also, this many-skilled singer
 occasionally is a maiden-catcher;
 in no town does he stay
 where he does not bewitch many.
 And even if the maidens are shy,
 and even if the women are prim,
 each and every one becomes lovestruck
 from his magical strings and songs.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Der Rattenfänger" = "The rat-catcher"

Authorship

  • 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: 2015-04-05 17:00:29
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Word count: 147