Dat pöggsken - The Little Frog


enter Dat pöggsken, Low German word for little frog, is a children’s poem by the Westphalian author Augustin Wibbelt (1862-1947). This poem is considered his most popular children’s poem. My mum recited this poem to me many times when I was a child and I still remember it today. Unfortunately the number of people who are able to speak Low German is decreasing and I myself am only able to understand bits and pieces, but can’t speak it. My mum used to speak it with our neighbour who was fluent and only spoke High German if he had to.

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Here’s a translation of the poem:


The little frog

Little frog sits in the sunshine,

Oh, what was the little frog fine

With the green pants!

Little frog was thinking of nothing.

Comes the white gooseman

Has such red boots on,

Makes a loud raucous,

Hey, how swiftly

Jumps the little frog with the green pants,

With the beautiful green pants,

With the pants into the water!

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