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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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Word count: 136

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The devil deceived

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The Arabs had prepared their field,
When the devil came up in haste;
He said: I own half the world,
I want my portion of your harvest. 

The Arabs, though, are clever like foxes;
They said: The bottom half is yours!
The devil always wants to come on top:
"No," he said, "it should be the top!" 

They planted a line of sugar beet,
And as it then came to the share,
The Arabs took the roots for themselves,
The Devil got the yellow leaves. 

And when the year came round again,
The devil said, with glowing anger
"Now I want the lower half definitely!"
Then the Arabs planted wheat and corn. 

And when it came back to the share,
The Arabs took the ears of corn,
The devil took the barren stubble
And heated the furnace of hell with it.

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