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Kinderreime:

German Nursery Rhymes - Part 5

“Ringel, Ringel, Reihe”

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Introduction
The German versions of "Ring Around the Rosie" (or "Rosey") have only some similarities to the English wording, but then there are also two different versions in English: British and American. (Actually, there are many variations of "Ring a ring o'rosie," another version of the rhyme.) There are many claims that this nursery rhyme goes back to the Black Plague, but that is a myth debunked by Snopes.com and Wikipedia ("Plague myth"). The first print version only appeared in 1881 (in Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose or The Old Nursery Rhymes).

Below we provide two German versions of "Ring Around the Rosie" and two English versions, plus a literal English translation for each of the German rhymes.

Ringel, Ringel, Reihe

Two German versions

Deutsch 1

Ringel, Ringel, Reihe,
Sind wir Kinder dreie,
Sitzen unterm Hollerbusch,
Schreien alle husch, husch, husch!

Deutsch 2

Ringel, Ringel, Rosen,
schöne Aprikosen,
Veilchen und Vergissmeinnicht,
alle Kinder setzen sich.

Ring Around the Rosie

See literal translations below

English (Amer.)

Ring around the rosie
A pocketful of posies
"Ashes, ashes"
We all fall down!

English (Brit.)

Ring a ring o'roses
A pocket full of posies
"Atishoo! Atishoo!"*
We all fall down!

Note: Version 2 uses "Rosen" (roses) in the first line rather than "Reihe" (row). *British word for the "achoo" or "kerchoo" sneezing sound.

Ringel, Ringel, Reihe

Two German versions

Deutsch 1

Ringel, Ringel, Reihe,
Sind wir Kinder dreie,
Sitzen unterm Hollerbusch,
Schreien alle husch, husch, husch!

Deutsch 2

Ringel, Ringel, Rosen,
schöne Aprikosen,
Veilchen und Vergissmeinnicht,
alle Kinder setzen sich.

Literal Translations

Literal translations

English 1 (literal)

Ringlet, ringelt, row
We are children three
Sitting under the elderberry bush
All yelling shoo, shoo, shoo!

English 2 (literal)

Ringlet, ringelt, roses
Pretty apricots
Violets and forget-me-nots
All the children sit down.

Also see "Auf der grünen Wiese" for another "falling down" nursery rhyme.


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