Esther Moser

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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."


Esther Moser


Alfred L. Shoemaker

Corresponds to:

Packet 410-18


Bally, Pennsylvania


Bally, Penna.

October 19, 1953

Dear Sir,

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:


Schlummer Gabade

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.


Yours truly,

Esther Moser

Bally, Pa.


English and Pennsylvania German

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Letter From Esther Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, October 19, 1953



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