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keberoxu German: Frau Musika / Krokodil (9) RE: German: Frau Musika / Krokodil 13 Jun 19


The following English rendition, dated 1998, is credited to
J. Mark Sugars, Ph.D. from UC-Irvine,
and appears at ... oh, dear ... what is ingeb dot org?
I guess I am the last person to know about that webpage.


A musician was walking along the Nile with viol and bow
When a crocodile burst out of the river below.

The beast showed his teeth, bristling in his jaw,
And moved to swallow him in his gaping maw.

The man put bow to viol, pale with fear,
Played swiftly, sweetly, as his courage did appear.

When the sprightly sounds reached the monster's ears
For joy he began to shed crocodile tears.

He danced in circles on the sand amidst
The shadows of palms and pyramids.

He slapped the pyramids with his hefty tail
Not heeding how the centuries had made them frail.

One of them collapsed under a mighty blow
And laid the old Nile crocodile low.

The monument wholly crushed the croc's
Body under thousands of limestone blocks.

The minstrel was so happy to have saved his own skin,
He took the straightest path to the nearest inn.

Though he had of his fearsome foe been rid,
He still shook as wildly as the pyramid did.

There he tossed down Tokay and Burgundy, and when he
Asked for more wine, they said there wasn't any.

Our hero had always had bouts of strong thirst,
But his recent adventure had made this the worst.

His story has moved us; in sympathy for his plight
We are resolved to keep drinking all through the night.


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