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[*] posted on 5-12-2014 at 07:30 PM
A. 118. The Brother-in-Law

(From: Neustadt)
Translated by Ed Bernthal

‘What I just found out now,
My loved one wants to leave me.’

‘But I give him good advice
To stay with me for another year.’

“What good is it to stay with you another year,
When we are completely without food.”

‘In our youthful days we wasted the money,
And we could not support ourselves.’

“I wasted and gambled everything away,
So I will go into the army.”

‘As much as I wasted and gambled
I will pay back to you.’

‘ll of that, all of that I will pay you
Down to the exact cent and red penny.’

‘With dollars in cash so big and thick,
With gold coined by the French.’

The youth did not listen to the girl,
And ran away from her in a hurry.

He then ran to the Meissner Land.
He did not find a nicer one there.

Then he cam back home
To his former loved one

The youth ran into the courtyard.
His loved one was standing there in the doorway.

His loved one was standing there in the doorway.
She was talking to another one.

“God be with you, O my loved one.
Is it still like the former time?”

‘The former time is still here,
But I have another sweetheart.’

‘He is more handsome and obedient.
And he is a much more dainty one.’

“Don’t say that, my girl, don’t say that,
Or I will shoot the loved one dead.”

‘O don’t shoot, don’t shoot, my loved one.
It is my brother, it is the youngest one.’

“And if it only is your youngest brother,
He will next be my brother-in-law.”

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