Wilhelm Busch

(1832 - 1908 / Germany)

Hans Huckebein (The Unlucky Raven) Prologue


Sosehr sein Ende mich bewegt,
Ich durft' es anders nicht vermelden. -
Er stirbt - denn tragisch angelegt
War der Charakter dieses Helden.

His ending moves me; only, mind,
A diff'rent one I can't envision.
He dies - for tragically designed
Was our hero's disposition.


Gar manches ist vorherbestimmt;
Das Schicksal führt ihn in Bedrängnis;
Doch wie er sich dabei benimmt,
Ist seine Schuld und nicht Verhängnis.

There is a predetermined fate,
And fortune seems to be essential;
But how to act, how to relate
- that is his fault, not providential.


Drum bleibt's dabei! - Denn die Moral
Ist hier kein leeres Wortgeklingel -
Und lebte er auch noch einmal,
Er bliebe doch der alte Schlingel!

The moral, thus, remains unchanged
And is no empty declaration,
For if once more this world he ranged,
He'd be the same old aggravation.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: hero, fate, war, raven, world

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Hans Huckebein (The Unlucky Raven) Prologue by Wilhelm Busch )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. To an Athlete Dying Young, Alfred Edward Housman
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. Television, Roald Dahl

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. New York City, Dawson Walter Smith
  2. I will turn my eyes from you, Nero CaroZiv
  3. In Concert Tonight, Donal Mahoney
  4. January 1st,2015, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  5. In My Dreams, Kyle Schlicher
  6. One Needs The Other, Kyle Schlicher
  7. Escaping The World, silenced work
  8. Lonely, silenced work
  9. Agnostic Afloat, Donal Mahoney
  10. Unharmed Pinecones, Saiom Shriver
[Hata Bildir]