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Ringelnatz, Joachim: Schenken

Portre of Ringelnatz, Joachim

Schenken (German)

Schenke groß oder klein,

Aber immer gediegen.

Wenn die Bedachten

Die Gaben wiegen,

Sei dein Gewissen rein.


Schenke herzlich und frei.

Schenke dabei

Was in dir wohnt

An Meinung, Geschmack und Humor,

sodaß die eigene Freude zuvor

Dich reichlich belohnt.


Schenke mit Geist ohne List.

Sei eingedenk,

Daß dein Geschenk

Du selber bist.

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Gifting (English)

Give gifts big or wee

Yet solid alway

When the donee

The presents assay

Your conscience be free.


Give free from the heart

Give a part

Of your inside

In meaning, taste, and gusto

Your own expectation, just so,

Will richly abide.


Give thoughtfully, without pelf,

Know you yourself

That your donation

Is self-explanation.

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