by Hugo Salus (1866 - 1929)
Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Der genügsame Liebhaber
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Meine Freundin hat eine schwarze Katze 
Mit weichem knisterndem Sammetfell,
Und ich, ich hab' eine blitzblanke Glatze,
Blitzblank und glatt und silberhell.

Meine Freundin gehört zu den üppigen Frauen,
Sie liegt auf dem Divan das ganze Jahr,
Beschäftigt das Fell ihrer Katze zu krauen,
Mein Gott ihr behagt halt das sammtweiche Haar. 

Und komm' ich am Abend die Freundin besuchen,
So liegt die Mieze im Schoße bei ihr,
Und nascht mit ihr von dem Honigkuchen
Und schauert, wenn ich leise ihr Haar berühr.

Und will ich mal zärtlich tun mit dem Schatze,
Und daß sie mir auch einmal "Eitschi" macht,
Dann stülp' ich die Katze auf meine Glatze,
Dann streichelt die Freundin die Katze und lacht.

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

  • ENG English (Martha Elliott) , "The contented suitor", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'amoureux facile à satisfaire", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Pilar Lirio

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 116

My girlfriend has a black cat
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My girlfriend has a black cat
With a softly rippling velvet hide,
And I, I have a bald, shiny head
Smooth and shiny and silvery bright

My girlfriend is a voluptuous woman,
She lies upon the couch all year long,
Busily stoking the fur of her cat
My god, she loves to touch that velvety fur.

In the evening, when I come to visit,
The kitty lies in her lap,
And eats honeyed cookies with her
And shudders when I gently ruffle its fur.

So when I wish, one day, to be tender with my sweet,
And so that she would cuddle with me, too -- 
I'll put the cat upon my bald pate.
Then she'll pet the cat and laugh.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-08-29
Line count: 16
Word count: 120