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[*] posted on 3-5-2014 at 01:08 PM
A. 025. The Dangerous Joke


Translated by Ed Bernthal

After beer the noble youth went home,
After beer the noble youth went home,
With loud singing and rejoicing.
With loud singing and rejoicing.

Then the thought came to him,
Then the thought came to him,
That she would not be home.
That she would not be home.

She surely must have gone to do spinning,
She surely must have gone to do spinning,
At her third neighbor’s house.
At her third neighbor’s house.

The youth went through the yard to the house,
The youth went through the yard to the house,
And looked through the window.
And looked through the window.

He sees nothing there to delight him,
He sees nothing there to delight him,
The table was all set.
The table was all set.

It is surrounded by his fellows,
It is surrounded by his fellows,
In the middle was his loved one.
In the middle was his loved one.

The youth walks into the house,
The youth walks into the house,
With his spurs rattling.
With his spurs rattling.

The youth walks into the living room,
The youth walks into the living room,
With a loud rumbling.
With a loud rumbling.

He pulls out his shining sword,
He pulls out his shining sword,
And throws it on the table.
And throws it on the table.

“Here, fellows, is my right,
Here, fellows, is my right,
For this girl.
For this girl”.

“Each of you should be ashamed,
Each of you should be ashamed.
For loving a stranger.
For loving a stranger”.

“You deserve nothing better,
You deserve nothing better,
Than to have your head chopped off.
Than to have your head chopped off”.

Then the girl jumped up on the table,
Then the girl jumped up on the table,
And threw her arms around his neck.
And threw her arms around his neck.

‘What I unfortunately have done,
What I unfortunately have done,
I played a joke on others.
I played a joke on others’.

‘Truly now it could happen,
Truly now it could happen,
After playing a joke on him.
After playing a joke on him’.


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