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angels, rhyme, Pennsylvania Dutch, midwife, Clinton Haas, Pottstown
A handwritten letter from Esther Moser addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated October 19, 1953. Within, Moser responds to an inquiry made in Shoemaker's radio program and provides a Pennsylvania Dutch rhyme entitled "Schlummer Gabade."
Alfred L. Shoemaker
October 19, 1953
You asked on your program yesterday what you call a mitwife in Penna. Dutch. We call it a (obwawradern) around here.
Now do hovich en “Schlummer Gabade”, gricked fun dar Mrs. Clinton Hass fun Pottstown, Pa. era grammem hut’s ols gsunna tsu eera won se noch em bed is ovver tune hut see mer kennar gavva kenna se waes kennar ma. Ich hob noch ne nix so g’heerad dafor we des. Now do is es:
Ovets mon ich schlofa gae
fortza engel mit mer gae
tzwa noch mi kup
tswa noch mi feese
tswa noch mi recht
tswa noch mi linse
tswa fa mich tsu decka
tswa fa mich tsu wecka
un tzwa fa mit mer noch paradise gae.
If it is something I like to hear of the Penna. Dutch it is the rhymes, so many different kinds. I think this is all for this time. When we hear something and which we know the folk lore center can use we sent it in.
English and Pennsylvania German
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Moser, Esther, "Letter From Esther Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, October 19, 1953" (1953). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 66.
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