by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Mutter, Mutter! meine Puppe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Das Mädchen
 Mutter, Mutter! meine Puppe
    Hab ich in den Schlaf gewiegt,
 Gute Mutter, komm und siehe,
    Wie so englisch sie da liegt.

 Vater wies mich ab und sagte:
    "Geh, du bist ein dummes Kind";
 Du nur, Mutter, kannst begreifen,
    Welche meine Freuden sind.

 Wie du mit den kleinen Kindern,
    Will ich alles mit ihr tun,
 Und sie soll in ihrer Wiege
    Neben meinem Bette ruhn.

 Schläft sie, werd ich von ihr träumen,
    Schreit sie auf, erwach ich gleich, --
 Meine himmlisch gute Mutter,
    O wie bin ich doch so reich!

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Mother, Mother! My dolly", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2007-08-03
Line count: 17
Word count: 90

Mother, Mother! My dolly
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Mother, Mother!  My dolly
    I have rocked to sleep,
Good mother, come and see,
    How angelically she lies there.
Father repulsed me and said:
   "Go, you are a silly child";
Only you, Mother, can understand
    What my joys are.
Just as you do with the little children,
    I want to do everything with her,
And she shall in her cradle
    Rest beside my bed.
If she sleeps, I shall dream of her,
    If she cries, I shall immediately awaken, --
My divinely good mother,
    Oh how very rich I am!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-01-31
Line count: 16
Word count: 89