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An dem Ende seiner Tage

Language: German (Deutsch)

An dem Ende seiner Tage
Steht der Kater Hiddigeigei.
Und er denkt mit leiser Klage,
Wie sein Dasein bald vorbei sei.

Möchte gerne aus dem Schatze
Reicher Weisheit Lehren geben,
Dran die Zukunft mancher Katze
Haltpunkt fänd' im schwanken Leben.1

Ach der Lebenspfad ist holpernd,
-- Liegen dort so manche Steine,
Dran wir Alten schmählich stolpernd,
Oftmals uns verrengt die Beine.

Ach, das Leben birgt viel Hader
Und schlägt viel unnütze Wunden,
Mancher tapfre schwarze Kater
Hat umsonst den Tod gefunden.1

Doch wozu der alte Kummer[,]2
Und ich hör' die Jungen lachen,
Und sie treiben's noch viel dummer,
Schaden erst wird klug sie machen.

Fruchtlos stets ist die Geschichte,
Mögen seh'n sie, wie sie's treiben!
-- Hiddigeigei's Lehrgedichte
Werden ungesungen bleiben.1

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Lang adds: "Miau! Miau! Miau!"
2 Lang: "?"

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) (Harald Krebs) , title 1: "Song of the Tomcat "Hiddigeigei"", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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Song of the Tomcat "Hiddigeigei"

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

At the end of his days
Stands the cat Hiddigeigei.
And he thinks, with faint lamenting,
How soon his existence shall be over.

He would gladly, out of his treasure
Of rich wisdom, supply teachings
That would lend the future of many a cat
An anchor in this unstable life.

Oh, the path of life is rough.
Many stones lie there,
On which we old ones, wretchedly tripping,
Have often sprained our legs.

Oh, life contains much strife
And often wounds [us] unnecessarily.
Many a courageous black cat
Has needlessly found his death.

But of what use is the age-old sorrow?
And I hear the young ones laughing.
And they act even more stupidly.
Only misfortune will make them wise.

History is always fruitless.
Let them manage as best they can!
Hiddigeigei's instructive songs
Shall remain unsung.

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Text added to the website: 2006-11-15.
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