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Morgenstern, Christian: The Seagulls (Möwenlied in English)

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Möwenlied (German)

Die Möwen sehen alle aus
als ob sie Emma hiessen.
Sie tragen einen weissen Flaus
und sind mit Schrot zu schiessen.

Ich schiesse keine Möwe tot,
ich lass sie lieber leben -
und füttre sie mit Roggenbrot
und rötlichen Zibeben.

O Mensch, du wirst nie nebenbei
der Möwe Flug erreichen.
Wofern du Emma heissest, sei
zufrieden, ihr zu gleichen.

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The Seagulls (English)

The seagulls by their looks suggest

that Emma is their name;

they wear a white and fluffy vest

and are the hunter's game.


I never shoot a seagull dead;

their life I do not take.

I like to feed them gingerbread

and bits of raisin cake.


O human, you will never fly

the way the seagulls do;

but if your name is Emma, why,

be glad they look like you.

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