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Der betrogene Teufel

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Araber hatten ihr Feld bestellt,
Da kam der Teufel herbei in Eil;
Er sprach: Mir gehört die halbe Welt,
Ich will auch von eurer Ernt mein Teil.

Die Araber aber sind Füchse von Haus;
Sie sprachen: Die untere Hälfte sei dein!
Der Teufel will allzeit oben hinaus:
"Nein," sprach er, "es soll die obere sein!"

Da bauten sie Rüben an einem Strich,
Und als es nun an die Teilung ging,
Die Araber nahmen die Wurzeln für sich,
Der Teufel die gelben Blätter empfing.

Und als es wiederum ging in's Jahr,
Da sprach der Teufel in hellem Zorn:
"Nun will ich die untere Hälfte fürwahr!"
Da bauten die Araber Weiz und Korn.

Und als es wieder zur Teilung kam,
Die Araber nahmen den Ährenschnitt,
Der Teufel die leeren Stoppeln nahm
Und heizte der Hölle Ofen damit.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by George Chaldezos


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (George Chaldezos) , title 1: "The devil deceived", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-16 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:11

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