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Kindergeschichte Op. 66 no.12


Und der Nachbarssohn, der Ruprecht,
Wie oft der des Tages kam;
Denn wir spielten ja im dunklen Hausflur
Immer Braut und Bräutigam.
Und der grüne Puppenwagen,
Der war unser größtes Glück:
Unsre Kinder schliefen drinne,
Unsre Kinder, meine Puppen—dreizehn Stück.

Children's story

And Ruprecht, the neighbour's son,
How often he used to come by day;
For in the dark hall we used to play
At bride and bridegroom.
And the green dolls’ pram,
That was our greatest treasure:
Our children slept inside it,
Our children, my dolls—thirteen of them.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger, commonly known as Max Reger, was a German composer, pianist, organist, conductor, and academic teacher. 

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