Professor Beam's Dutch Column


Pennsylvania German Poems

 

Eens, zwee, drei,

Hicker, hacker, hei.

Zucker (sugar) uff’m Brei -

Salz uff’m Schpeck;

Du schtinkscht (smell) noch Hinkeldreck (chicken droppings).

Ta-ra-ra-bum-di-ee

Mariye wolle mer fische geh,

Iwwer mariye (day after tomorrow) noch emol;

No hen mer en Zuwwer (tub) voll.

Der alt Schmidt hot der Naame ghat

Fer geitzich (stingy) sei.

Awwer en Gnecht (hired man) hot er hawwe misse,

Er hot immer browiert fer der

gsundscht (healthiest) un schterrischtscht (strongest) zu dinge (hire),

So as er sei Geld wert greecht (would get).

No hot her mol eener gedingt (hired),

Der waar en guder Scheffer (worker),

Awwer aa en guder Esser (eater).

Budderbrot hot er gut gegliche

Un er hot der Budder dick gschmiert

Oktower bringt en rauher (raw) Wind,

‘S gebt Reife in der Nacht,

Was sell die Keschde (chestnuts) runner bringt,

Un Bledder (leaves) falle macht!

Die dicke Kaerbse (pumpkins) holt mir heem,

Un’s Welschkarn waerd gebascht,

Es rauscht (sounds) der Wind noch in de Baem,

Ken eenisch Blatt am Nascht.

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This week we present a collection of Pennsylvania German poems.

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April 22, 2015

Yuscht en Bischli-Gnippli,

as allfratt reddi is fer’s Friehyaahr

 
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