Here's a German version of "Ring Around the Rosie".


According to Wikipedia: "A German rhyme first printed in 1796 closely resembles [the English] 'Ring a ring o'roses' in its first stanza and accompanies the same actions (with sitting rather than falling as the concluding action):

Wir sind der Kinder dreien,
sitzen unter'm Hollerbusch
Und machen alle Huschhuschhusch!

Loosely translated this says:

Ringed, ringed row.
We are three of the children,
Sitting under an elder bush.
We all call: Hush, hush, hush! Sit down."

This rhyme is best known in Germany with the first line as 'Ringel, Ringel, Reihe'.

Versions of this song can be found in print as early as 1876 in the book, "Spiele und reime der kinder in Oesterreich" (Games and Rhymes of Children in Austria) by Theodir Vernaleken (1812-1907).

Game Instructions

This is sung by children forming a circle and walking around the circle as they are singing. When they get to the last line in the song, they all kneel down.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Ringel-Ringel-Reihe

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to INTER-COM Translations for contributing this rhyme.

Vielen Dank!