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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XII: German
 
The Drunkard’s Fancy
By Wilhelm Müller (1794–1827)
 
STRAIGHT from the tavern door
  I am come here;
Old road, how odd to me
  Thou dost appear!
Right and left changing sides,        5
  Rising and sunk;
Oh, I can plainly see,
  Road, thou art drunk!
 
Oh, what a twisted face
  Thou hast, oh, moon!        10
One eye shut, t’other eye
  Wide as a spoon.
Who could have dreamed of this?
  Shame on thee, shame!
Thou hast been fuddling,        15
  Jolly old dame!
 
Look at the lamps again;
  See how they reel!
Nodding and flickering
  Round as they wheel.        20
Not one among them all
  Steady can go;
Look at the drunken lamps,
  All in a row.
 
All in an uproar seem        25
  Great things and small;
I am the only one
  Sober at all.
But there’s no safety here
  For sober men;        30
So I’ll turn back to
  The tavern again.
 
 
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