by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Du musst verstehn!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Du musst verstehn!
Aus Eins mach Zehn,
Und Zwei lass gehn,
Und Drei mach gleich,
So bist du reich.
Verlier die Vier!
Aus Fünf und Sechs -
So sagt die Hex -
Mach Sieben und Acht,
So ists vollbracht:
Und Neun ist Eins,
Und Zehn ist keins,
Das ist das Hexen-Einmaleins!

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Understand this, then!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Understand this, then!
From one make ten,
Two go just when
Three finds its niche,
And so you're rich.
The four you nix!
From five and six --
So says the witch --
To make the switch:
And nine is one,
And ten in none,
Now the hex is spun.

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Text added to the website: 2012-01-02 00:00:00
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