by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Alle Menschen groß und klein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Alle Menschen groß und klein
Spinnen sich ein Gewebe fein,
Wo sie mit ihrer [Scheren]1 Spitzen
Gar zierlich in der Mitte sitzen. 
Wenn nun darein ein Besen fährt,
Sagen sie, es sei unerhört,
Man habe den größten Palast zerstört.

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1 Strauss: "Schere"

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Epigram", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Tous les hommes, grands et petits
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Tous les hommes, grands et petits,
Se tissent une toile fine,
Où avec leurs ciseaux et leur aiguille
Ils se tiennent au milieu très délicatement.
Si maintenant un balai arrive là-dedans,
Ils disent, c'est inouï,
On a détruit le plus grand des palais.

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