by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 - 1781)
Translation © by Timothy Hoekman

Mein Esel sicherlich
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Mein Esel sicherlich
Muß klüger sein, als ich.
Ja, klüger muß er sein!
[Er fand sich selbst in Stall hinein]1,
Und kam doch von der Tränke.
Man denke!

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1 Karg-Elert: "Denn er fand in'n Stall sich selbst hinein"


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Word count: 28

My donkey surely
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My donkey surely
Must be smarter than I am.
Yes, he must be smarter!
He found his way into the stable by himself,
Even though he came from the drinking trough.
Just think!

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Translations of titles
"Niklas" = "Niklas"
"Mein Esel" = "My donkey"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-08-28
Line count: 6
Word count: 33