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Rumpodich by Wladimir Šěca

Translated by Charles Wukasch, PhD.

Friday 22 August 2014 at 8:53 pm.

A young man dressed in a homemade suit, wearing an ugly mask and carrying a long stick went from house to house asking children if they had been good during the year and what they wanted for Christmas.

The following poem describes why the most exciting time of the Christmas holidays, for the children, were the scary visits of Rumpodich (The Wendish Santa Claus).

 

Rumpodich

Štó bydli w lěsu tam?

Štó by tam dóšoł sam?

Tam bydli rumpodich,

kiž ma tón wulki měch.

Wón wjele darow ma.

Wón skradźu přichadźa

we dołhim kožuše

do wjeski naseje.

Wón hlada přez wokno,

što nutřka stawa so,

hač dźěći dušne su

a přeco poskaju.

A hdyž wón wobradźa,

so wšitcy raduja.

Wón bórze přińdźe zas

a njezabudźe nas.

 

Rumpodich

Who lives in the forest deep?

Would you go there alone?

Rumpodich lives there,

A large sack on his back.

So many gifts he brings,

To our own village here.

He comes so secretly,

And wears a long fur coat.

And through the window he looks,

To watch the kids inside.

Have they now gone to bed,

Like Mother told them to?

And then he leaves the gifts,

And all the kids are glad.

They know he'll come again,

A year will pass so soon.

One comment

Dan

Are the terms Rumpodich and Rumpliche equivalent? Perhaps one is Wendish and one German? I’ve not previously come across Rumpodich.

Dan - 12/1/2014 17:28




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