ENGLISH

The Ditmarsch tale of wonders

日本語

ディトマルツェンのほらばなし


I will tell you something. I saw two roasted fowls flying; they flew quickly and had their breasts turned to heaven and their backs to hell, and an anvil and a mill-stone swam across the Rhine prettily, slowly, and gently, and a frog sat on the ice at Whitsuntide and ate a ploughshare. Three fellows who wanted to catch a hare, went on crutches and stilts; one of them was deaf, the second blind, the third dumb, and the fourth could not stir a step. Do you want to know how it was done? First, the blind man saw the hare running across the field, the dumb one called to the lame one, and the lame one seized it by the neck.
There were certain men who wished to sail on dry land, and they set their sails in the wind, and sailed away over great fields. Then they sailed over a high mountain, and there they were miserably drowned. A crab was chasing a hare which was running away at full speed, and high up on the roof lay a cow which had climbed up there. In that country the flies are as big as the goats are here. Open the window, that the lies may fly out.
いい話をしてあげよう。二羽の焼けたにわとりが飛んでいるのを見たよ。速く飛んでいて、胸は天国に向けて背中は地獄に向けてたんだ。金床と石臼が美しくゆっくり静かにライン川を泳いで渡ってたよ。蛙が聖霊降臨節で氷の上に座って鋤の刃を食べていたんだ。ウサギをつかまえたい三人の男が、松葉杖や竹馬ででかけたんだ。一人は耳が聞こえなくて、二人目は目が見えなくて、三人目は口が言えなくて、四人目は歩けなかったんだ。どうやったか知りたいって?まず、目の見えない男はうさぎが野原を走っていくのを見ただろ、口の言えないやつが歩けないやつに叫んだんだ、それで歩けない男がウサギの首をつかまえたのさ。乾いた陸の上を航海したい男たちがいてね、風に帆をかけ、大きな野原を越えて行ったんだ。それから高い山を越えて航海して、そこで不幸にも溺れたよ。カニが全速力で逃げているウサギを追いかけていたよ。高い屋根の上に登っていった牛がいたよ。その国ではハエがここのヤギと同じ大きさだよ。嘘が飛んで出ていくように窓を開けてくれ。




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