by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Donna (Bareket) Breitzer

Ich ließ mir sagen und mir ward erzählt
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian - Venetian (dialect) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich ließ mir sagen und mir ward erzählt,
Der schöne Toni hungre sich zu Tode;
Seit ihn so überaus die Liebe quält,
Nimmt er auf einen Backzahn sieben Brote.
Nach Tisch, damit er die Verdauung stählt
Verspeist er eine Wurst und sieben Brote,
Und lindert nicht Tonina seine Pein,
Bricht nächstens Hungersnot und Teurung ein.

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  • ENG English (Donna Bareket) , title 1: "I inquired, and I was told", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

Text added to the website: 2003-12-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:02
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I inquired, and I was told
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I inquired, and I was told,
That handsome Toni is starving himself to death;
Since love so exceedingly torments him,
He devours seven loaves for each molar.
After meals, to steel his digestion,
He consumes a sausage and seven loaves;
And if Tonina will not ease his pain,
Famine and starvation will soon set in.

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Text added to the website: 2003-12-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:02
Line count: 8
Word count: 55