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The Mole Part Two

Wilhelm Busch 1832 (Wiedensahl) – 1908 (German Empire)

Klabumm! - So krieg die Schwerenot! -
Der Nachbar schießt die Spatzen tot.

Klaboom! - Enough to lose one's head! -
The neighbour's shooting sparrows dead.

Doch immerhin und einerlei!
Ein Flintenschuß ist schnell vorbei.

But, anyhow and all the same!
The shooting's over. Knoll takes aim.

Schon wieder wühlt das Ungetier.
Wart! denkt sich Knoll. Jetzt kommen wir.

The monster's burrowing once more.
This is what Knoll's been waiting for.

Er schwingt die Hacke voller Hast -
Radatsch! - O schöner Birnenast!

Quite hastily he swings the hoe -
The pear tree's there to catch the blow.

Die Hacke ärgert ihn doch sehr,
Drum holt er jetzt den Spaten her.

The hoe's no good in times of need;
His trusty spade will do the deed.

Nun, Alter, sei gescheit und weise
Und mache leise, leise, leise!

Old boy, be silent, not a breath!
Let stealth and cunning be his death.

Schnarräng! - Da tönt ihm in das Ohr
Ein Bettelmusikantenchor.

Shnarrang! A din assaults his ear;
A band of street musicians 's here.

Musik wird oft nicht schön gefunden,
Weil sie stets mit Geräusch verbunden.

Music is always noise-related
And often not appreciated.

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Wilhelm Busch

Heinrich Christian Wilhelm Busch was a German humorist, poet, illustrator and painter. He published comic illustrated cautionary tales from 1859, achieving his most notable works in the 1870s. Busch's illustrations used wood engraving, and later, zincography. Busch drew on contemporary parochial and city life, satirizing Catholicism, Philistinism, strict religious morality and bigotry. His comic text was colourful and entertaining, using onomatopoeia, neologisms and other figures of speech, and led to some work being banned by the authorities. Busch was influential in both poetry and illustration, and became a source for future generations of comic artists. The Katzenjammer Kids was inspired by Busch's Max and Moritz, one of a number of imitations produced in Germany and the United States. The Wilhelm Busch Prize and the Wilhelm Busch Museum help maintain his legacy. His 175th anniversary in 2007 was celebrated throughout Germany. Busch remains one of the most influential poets and artists in Western Europe. more…

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