Hansel and Gretel in pictures
9 May 2018
9 May 2018
'Oh Gretel, how long now, can it be,
Since we had something nice for tea?'
'Out! Out to the wood!
And be good!
For if you don’t fill this basket today,
I’ll trash you both, ’till you learn to obey!'
'My children astray, in that gloomy wood in the night full of magic spells!
You’ve heard of that terrible haunted wood, the place where the Evil One dwells?'
'Day by day, she waits, like cat for mouse,
Within her crispy, crunchy house,
And children nice, she’ll soon entice
Inside that house of sugar and spice.
She seizes her prey and drags them away;
The poor, young things, with no more delay,
Disappear with a roar through the hot oven door,
And then, later on, when baking is done,
From the oven, come
'I’m frightened, I’m frightened,
I wish we’d gone home!
This wood’s a place where the goblins roam!'
'The little Sandman calls you, ssshh!
I’ll see no harm befalls you, ssshh!
Now slumber, slumber, children, slumber,
While angels bring you golden dreams, ’till dawn of day!'
'When at night I go to sleep,
Fourteen angels watch do keep,
Two stand here beside me,
Two stand there to guide me,
Two are on my right hand,
Two are on my left hand,
Two more come to wake me,
Two more come to take me,
Two more light the path to Heaven!'
Hansel and Gretel sing 'The Evening Prayer'
'Enjoy the morning chorus,
The day is bright and glorious,
Come on, you sleepers,
The Dew Fairy
'Nibble, nibble, mousekin,
Who's nibbling at my housekin?
Come little mousekin,
Come to my housekin,
Life with me is exciting,
My cooking’s really inviting!'
'See how the oven is glowing?
How’s all my gingerbread going?
Just take a look pet!
See if it’s cooked yet,
Tell me what you find,
Do be so kind!'
'Show me what to do,
When I look for you.'
' "Now you’ve been pushed in, snap!
Bang the door, clap!
And so, you yourself’ll make
Hurrah! Look there, the Witch is dead,
Really dead, turned to gingerbread!
Goodbye to the Witch's lore,
Gone for sure, now and ever more!'
Hansel and Gretel