Das Möwenlied  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Das Möwenlied" is a poem by Christian Morgenstern.

Die Möwen sehen alle aus, als ob sie Emma hiessen. Sie tragen einen weissen Flaus und sind mit Schrot zu schießen.

Ich schieße keine Möwe tot, ich laß sie lieber leben – und füttre sie mit Roggenbrot und rötlichen Zibeben.

O Mensch, du wirst nie nebenbei der Möwe Flug erreichen. Wofern du Emma heißest, sei zufrieden, ihr zu gleichen.

The Seagulls

The seagulls by their looks suggest that Emma is their name; they wear a white and fluffy vest and are the hunter's game.

I never shoot a seagull dead; their life I do not take. I like to feed them gingerbread and bits of raisin cake.

O human, you will never fly the way the seagulls do; but if your name is Emma, why, be glad they look like you.

(Translated by Karl F. Ross)

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