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[*] posted on 3-5-2014 at 03:19 PM
A. 039. The Unfortunate Marriage

(From Rosenthal)
Translated by Ed Bernthal

The youth lets himself get married,
That brought him great misfortune.
A picture of a wife he married,
From bad people, a worthless child.

The bread, she liked to eat very much,
But she did not want to work;
They both had a cow,
Which they left standing without milking.

‘Husband, take the cow to the market:
And sell her for some cucumbers,
Which we can eat with our bread,
Which should last for a long time.’

The husband took the cow to the market,
Sold her for a piece of bread,
And still he thinks to himself,
That he sold her for a good price.

The man then went home again,
With his expensive piece of bread,
And when the man came home,
He found his wife had died.

He got his mice together,
As many as he had in the house,
With these, for his departed,
The dear wife went to her grave.

For the geese, he bought oats
To sing the vigil.
They ate up all the oats
And forgot the vigil.

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