DAS GRAMMOPHON THE FIRST FOUR SEASONS
Christian Morgensterntr. David Cram
Der Teufel kam hinauf zu Gott
und brachte ihm sein Grammophon
und sprach zu ihm, nicht ohne Spott:
"Hier bring ich dir der Sphären Ton."

Der Herr behorchte das Gequiek
und schien im Augenblick erbaut:
Es ward fürwahr die Welt-Musik
vor seinem Ohr gespenstisch laut.

Doch kaum er dreimal sie gehört.
da war sie ihm zum Ekel schon, -
und höllwärts warf er, tief empört,
den Satan samt mit Grammophon.
The devil went upstairs one day
And brought his gramophone up too.
He said to God: "I’ve come to play
Some heavenly music, just for you".

The Lord inspected he machine
And seemed quite pleased as in his ears
By eerie electronic means
There boomed the music of the spheres.

Just three times through the record, though,
His pleasure soon began to pall -
And hellwards he was moved to throw
The devil, gramophone and all.

Trans. Copyright © David Cram 2000 - publ. Modern Poetry in Translation 16


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