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Joe Offer ADD: Songs of Mordecai Gebirtig (1877-1942) (16) ADD: Yankele 09 Aug 21


from Elizabeth:

YANKELE
(by Mordecai Gebirtig, English translation by Elizabeth Block)

Go to sleep, my Yankele, my baby,
Hush your crying, close your little eyes.
A big boy who has all his teeth already,
Should mama need to sing him lullabies?

A big boy who has all his teeth already,
Who'll be going off to school by and by,
Studying the Torah and Gemarah,
When his mama rocks him, should he cry?

A big boy who'll be studying the Torah,
An honour student, diligent and bright,
Who'll fill his daddy's heart with pride and pleasure,
Should he keep his mama up all night?

A big boy who will be an honour student,
A scholar and a merchant also, yet,
A bridegroom who will make some nice girl happy,
Should this boy be lying here all wet?

Go to sleep, my merchant, scholar, bridegroom,
The years you'll be a baby are so few.
So many mama's tears, such time and trouble
'Twill cost to make a mensch out of you!


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