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Es stand vor eines Hauses Tor

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es stand vor eines Hauses Tor
Ein Esel mit gespitztem Ohr,
Der käute sich sein Bündel Heu
Gedankenvoll und still entzwei. --

Nun kommen da und bleiben stehn
Der naseweisen Buben zween,
Die auch sogleich, indem sie lachen,
Verhaßte Redensarten machen,

Womit man denn bezwecken wollte,
Daß sich der Esel ärgern sollte. -

Doch dieser hocherfahrne Greis
Beschrieb nur einen halben Kreis,
Verhielt sich stumm und zeigte itzt
Die Seite, wo der Wedel sitzt.

Translation(s): ENG

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Wilhelm Busch self-caricature", written 2010, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-10-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:07
Line count: 14
Word count: 73

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Wilhelm Busch self‑caricature

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Standing before a house's door
Was a donkey, donkey-eared, what's more,
Which chewed over a bundle of hay,
Pensive, thoughtful on that day.

Then came along Neanderthals,
Two snotty little know-it-alls,
Who ridiculed the donkey there
With detestable words, all quite unfair.

And why they did this was quite clear,
To aggravate it did they jeer. -

But the old gray beast with experience keen
Turned its back upon that scene,
Remaining mute but with some class
It turned to show those fools its ass.

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Text added to the website: 2011-12-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:44
Line count: 14
Word count: 85