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Old Hildebrand


Then the gossip who was in the background began to sing (but I ought to tell you the peasant was called Hildebrand), so the gossip sang,

"What art thou doing, my Hildebrand dear,

There on the bench by the stove so near?


And then the peasant sang from his basket,

"All singing I ever shall hate from this day,

And here in this basket no longer I'll stay."


And he got out of the basket, and cudgelled the parson out of the house.

From Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Household Tales, trans. Margaret Hunt (London: George Bell, 1884)

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