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by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Es war eine Ratt' im Kellernest
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG IRI ITA
[Es war]1 eine Ratt' im Kellernest,
[Lebte]2 nur von Fett und Butter,
[Hatte]3 sich ein Ränzlein angemäst't,
[Als]4 wie der Doctor Luther.
Die Köchin hatt' ihr Gift gestellt;
Da ward's [so]5 eng' ihr in der Welt,
Als [hätte]6 sie Lieb' im Leibe.

Sie fuhr herum, sie fuhr heraus
Und soff aus allen Pfützen,
Zernagt', zerkratzt' das ganze Haus,
[Wollt']7 nichts ihr Wüten nützen;
Sie tät' gar manchen Ängstesprung,
Bald [hatte]8 das arme Tier genung
Als hätt' [es]9 Lieb' im Leibe.

Sie kam [für]10 Angst am hellen Tag
Der Küche zugelaufen,
Fiel an den Herd und zuckt' und lag,
Und tät erbärmlich schnaufen.
Da lachte die [Vergifterin]11 noch:
Ha! sie pfeift auf dem letzten Loch,
Als [hätte]6 sie Lieb' im Leibe.

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Confirmed with Goethes Faust, ed. by Calvin Thomas, Boston, D. C. Heath & Co., 1899, page 95.

1 Marschner: "War"
2 Marschner: "Lebt'"
3 Busoni, Kreutzer, Radziwill, Wagner: "Hatt' "
4 Marschner: "So"
5 Marschner: "zu"
6 Busoni, Kreutzer, Marschner, Radziwill, Wagner: "hätt'"
7 Marschner, Radziwill: "Wollte"
8 Busoni, Kreutzer, Radziwill, Wagner: "hatt' "
9 Busoni, Kreutzer, Wagner: "sie"
10 Busoni, Kreutzer, Marschner, Radziwill, Wagner: "vor"
11 Busoni, Kreutzer, Wagner: "Vergift'rin"

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Gérard Labrunie) , no title, appears in Le Faust de Goethe [an adaptation]
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Cantina di Auerbach a Lipsia", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 21
Word count: 120

Cantina di Auerbach a Lipsia
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
In una cantina aveva il nido un bel topone,
e lardo e burro amava pappare,
al punto che gli era cresciuto un bel pancione,
che a Lutero lo faceva somigliare.
La cuoca gli mise un'esca avvelenata
e allora lui si sentì soffocare
come se fosse preso dalle pene d'amore.

Si mise a correre in ogni direzione
ad ogni pozza bevve per la sete ardente,
grattò e rosicchiò senza interruzione
un po' dovunque, ma non ottenne niente;
Si mise a saltare intorno per l'angoscia
ma poi non ne poté più, povera bestia,
come se fosse preso dalle pene d'amore.
 
E per l'angoscia, pure in pieno giorno
si precipitò dentro la cucina,
e cadde infine proprio vicino al forno
torcendosi e rantolando da far pena.
Ma per la cuoca fu un bel divertimento
vederlo spirare con un estremo lamento, 
come se fosse preso dalle pene d'amore.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-01-12
Line count: 21
Word count: 144