by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Ein finstrer Esel sprach einmal
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ein finstrer Esel sprach einmal
zu seinem ehlichen Gemahl:

"Ich bin so dumm, du bist so dumm,
wir wollen sterben gehen, kumm!"

Doch wie es kommt so öfter eben:
Die beiden blieben fröhlich leben.

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

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Mister and Missus Ass", rhymed paraphrase, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Les deux ânes", copyright © 2011, (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.
Line count: 6
Word count: 34

Les deux ânes
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Un jour un sombre âne dit
à sa moitié conjugale :

« Je suis trop bête, tu es trop bête,
allons mourir, viens ! »

Mais comme il arrive souvent :
Tous deux restèrent joyeusement en vie.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-07-23
Line count: 6
Word count: 37