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Inschrift auf einem Stein der Burg...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Auf einem Stein der Burg der Weibertreue
Schrieb einer (wohl in seines Herzens Reue):
"Getragen hat mein Weib mich nicht,
Aber ertragen!
Das war ein schwereres Gewicht,
Als ich mag sagen."
Jedwedem fällt der Stein dort ins Gesicht,
Die Männer schnell an ihm vorübergehn,
Die Frauen aber bleiben bei ihm stehn.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Inscription upon a stone in the Castle of Weinsberg", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-06-18.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:44
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Word count: 51

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Inscription upon a stone in the Castle of Weinsberg

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Upon a stone of the Castle Weibertreu [Wifely Faithfulness]
A man wrote (likely with remorse in his heart):
"My wife did not carry me,1
But she put up with me!
That was a heavier load
Than I can describe."
Everyone who comes to the castle sees the stone.
The men walk past it quickly;
The women, however, remain standing before it.

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1 This inscription refers to a legend saying that when the castle at Weinsberg was under siege in 1140, the women inside negotiated an agreement that allowed them to leave unmolested with whatever of their possessions they could carry upon their backs. Each woman then took her husband upon her back and got him out unscathed.
2 This line is more witty in German because of the similarity of the two words "getragen" and "ertragen."


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Text added to the website: 2013-10-14.
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