Oh, whom I only put on hats! Mon dieu! - With which heads he spoke! Such hats were pulled on their heads, That their enemies were struck down on the spot! I saw dare-devils and some losing their heads: In the eyes is fire, in the mouth swear words and gags! .. There were really among them such sissies, That I wouldn’t put hats on them... And the great king and the satrap, And the negroe and the Roman pope, - Suit the hats very well! Thus you agree at last, that everything is under one hat, But not for the head, but for the soul!
© Elisabeth Jelinek. Translation, 2018