|THEM AND US|
|Anon. (oral tradition)||trans. Keith Bosley - from Mari|
Jäl ačnt tlz-sot godm:
tidn-don-ok sar, ja lint,
mä ačnna pckem jdn:
tidn-don-ok im, huda linnä.
Jäl ačnt nemet gum weremät:
tidn-don-ok ku, wck lint,
mä ačnna nemet rom weremät:
ridn-don-ok ktk, kg linnä.
Jäl ačnt lapka ärm weremät:
tidn-don-ok parsn sawct-at ul,
mä e ačnna lapka wogm weremät:
tidn-don-ok parsn sawcna uke.
Other folk were born by moonlight -
that is why they are blond and handsome:
we were born on a dark night -
that is why we are black and ugly.
Other folk were born when the young lime tree was
we were born when the young lime tree was felled -
that is why we are short and fat.
Other folk were born when the shops were open -
that is why they have silk kerchiefs:
we were born when the shops were closed -
that is why we have none.
Trans. Copyright © Keith Bosley - with acknowledgements to the Finnish Literature Society