Can Anyone Help with a Rhyme that’s Possibly Russian or German?

Theresa wrote asking for help with a childhood rhyme that’s possibly of Russian or German origin:

Greetings from WA State.

My grandfather passed away years ago, and when I was a small girl, I remember him sitting little ones on his knee and bouncing them to a familiar sing-song.  I DO NOT have any idea what it was and am the only person in our current family who even slightly remembers what it sounded like.  Maybe you could give me a hint?

He would brush your chin and say: "Spitz spaddel"

Then your mouth: "mouse chaddel"

Then your mouth: "nospifila"

Then your one eye and then the other: "diegle, double dego"

Then tickle your forehead and say: "sveet, sveet."

Does this sound anything like the German / Russian man he was?

Thank you for your time.

If anyone can help with this rhyme, please comment below.


Mama Lisa

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5 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with a Rhyme that’s Possibly Russian or German?”

  1. Marina Says:

    Raz – dva – tree – chetyre – pyat’
    Vyshel zaichik pogulyat’.
    Vdrug okhotnik vybegaet
    Pryamo v zaichika strelyaet.
    Pif-paf oy oy oy
    umiraet zaichik moy.
    Prinesli ego domoy
    Okazalsya on zhivoy!

    Everybody in Russia knows this rhyme.
    the translation is:
    one two three four five
    a hare went out for a walk.
    suddenly a hunter appeared
    and shot the hare.
    bang bang oh oh oh
    my hare is going to die.
    he was brought home
    and he turned to be alive.

  2. Hana Says:

    In German

    Spitzbart – goatee

    das Mauseloch – mousehole

    I am sorry. I am not able to help more.

  3. Lisa Says:

    Thank you both! I wonder if Marina or anyone else could post the rhyme in actual Russian? Thanks! -Mama Lisa

  4. Hana Says:

    Вышел Зайчик погулять

    Раз, два, три, четыре, пять
    Вышел Зайчик погулять.
    Вдруг охотник выбегает –
    Прямо в Зайчика стреляет:
    Умирает Зайка мой…
    Принесли его домой-
    Оказался он живой!

    In my view, her grandfather was German.

  5. Debbie Says:

    My grandfather was Russian and he used to sing this rhyme while bouncing me on his knee, as well. He recently passed away and I realized he took the actual Russian lyrics with him. I went searching for the words and came upon this site. Thanks for posting!

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