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Here's a knocking indeed! If a man were

Language: English

 Here's a knocking indeed! If a man were
 porter of Hell Gate, he should have old turning the
 key. (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Who's there,
 i' the name of Beelzebub? Here's a farmer, that hang'd
 himself on th' expectation of plenty. Come in time!
 Have napkins enow about you; here you'll sweat for't.
 (Knock.) Knock, knock! Who's there, in the other
  devil's name? Faith, here's an equivocator, that could
 swear in both the scales against either scale, who com-
 mitted treason enough for God's sake, yet could
 not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator.
 (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Who's there? Faith,
 here's an English tailor come hither, for stealing
 out of a French hose: come in, tailor; here you may
 roast your goose. (Knock.) Knock, knock! Never
 at quiet! What are you? But this place is too
 cold for hell. I'll devil-porter it no further: I had
 thought to have let in some of all professions that go
 the primrose way to the everlasting bonfire. (Knock.)
 Anon, anon! [Opens the gate.] I pray you, remember
 the porter.

Translation(s): FRE GER

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805) , title 1: "Frühgesang" [an adaptation] FRE by Leopold Lenz, Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Wilhelm Taubert.

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Text added to the website: 2008-07-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:45
Line count: 22
Word count: 179

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