by Alfred Kerr (1867 - 1948)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Es liebte einst ein Hase
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Es liebte einst ein Hase
Die salbungsvolle Phrase,
Obschon wie ist das sonderbar,
Sein Breitkopf hart und härter war.
Hu, wisst ihr, was mein Hase tut?
Oft saugt er Komponistenblut
Und platzt hernach vor Edelmut.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Il était une fois un lièvre qui aimait", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Matthias Fletzberger

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-09-13 15:12:25
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Il était une fois un lièvre qui aimait
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Il était une fois un lièvre qui aimait
Les phrases bien mielleuses,
Bien qu'étonnamment
Sa tête plate soit de plus en plus dure.
Hou, sais-tu ce que mon lèvre fait ?
Souvent il suce le sang des compositeurs,
Et ensuite éclate de noblesse.


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Text added to the website: 2014-08-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-08-03 12:33:12
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Word count: 43