by Alfred Kerr (1867 - 1948)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Die Händler und die Macher
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Die Händler und die Macher
Sind mit Profit und Schacher
Des "HELDEN" Widersacher.
Der lässt ein Wort erklingen
Wie Götz von Berlichingen.

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les marchands et les fabricants", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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The mongers and the movers and shakers
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The mongers and the movers and shakers,
With [their concerns about] profit and haggling,
Are the adversaries of the [HERO]1.
He lets a [word]2 ring out
Like [Götz von Berlichingen.]3

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1 The word “Helden” refers to Richard Strauss’s tone poem Ein Heldenleben.
2 The “word” is actually a phrase (see following footnote).
3 A play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in which the eponymous hero sends a rude message to a military captain. In the 1771 version, the infamous words are represented by dashes. In the 1773 version, they are written out (“er kann mich im Arsch lecken”, rendered more mildly in English as “he can kiss my ass.”)


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This text was added to the website: 2014-09-13
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Word count: 30