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Lange nichts gegessen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es trafen sich von ungefähr
Ein Wolf, ein Mensch, sowie ein Bär,
Und weil sie lange nichts gegessen,
So haben sie sich aufgefressen.
Der Wolf den Menschen, der den Bär,
Der Bär den Wolf. -- Es schmeckte sehr
Und blieb nichts übrig, als ein Tuch,
Drei Haare und ein Wörterbuch.
Das war der Nachlass dieser drei.
Der eine Mensch der hiess1 Karl May.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Bachlund adds some of Karl May's other pseudonyms as follows:

... Capitan Ramon Diaz de la Escosura,
    M. Gisela, Hobble-Frank,
    Karl Hohenthal,
    Prinz Muhamel Lautréamont,
    Ernst von Linden,
    Emma Pollmer....

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  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-02-02.
Last modified: 2016-10-28 15:54:58
Line count: 10
Word count: 62

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There met more or less

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

There met more or less
A wolf, a man, as well as a bear,
And because they hadn't eaten for quite awhile,
Therefore they all feasted on each other.
The wolf fed on the man, who fed on the bear,
And the bear fed on the wolf -- deliciously
And nothing much was left over, except a cloth,
Three hairs and a dictionary.
That was the posthumous work of these three.
And that man was called Karl May.

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Text added to the website: 2010-02-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:33
Line count: 10
Word count: 77