Achim Reichel - Der Klabautermann (English translation)

English translation

The Klabautermann

In the ship's cabin the lamp keeps swinging
Men sitting around the table
From the laughter, singing, cursing
The walls around resound
 
Outside the storms, waves are roaring
The sails are beating in the night
the spray is thrown, high as a house
That the Brigg is croaking in all her joints (1)
 
Only the cowardly sailmaker in the cabin
Blasphemes the old sailor's yarn (2)
"We're your masters, you sea ghosts of old"
Masters of wind and sea
 
Suddenly a loud bang, the hatch goes pop
Horror paralyzes every single man
Dripping wet, pale as a ghost
In the room stands the Klabautermann (3)
 
Points at the Sailmaker, a scream of anguish
The blasphemer sinks dead into a lump
 
In the ship's cabin the lamp keeps swinging
Outside the wind played with the rigging
And the blue light of the moon
Swallowed by a shadow
 
Outside the storms, waves are roaring
The sails are beating in the night
the spray is thrown, high as a house
That the Brigg is croaking in all her joints
 
Submitted by SaintMark on Thu, 30/11/2017 - 09:41
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TL mine
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(1) a Brigg, small tallship with two square rigged masts.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brig
(2) sailor's yarn, a tale told by seafaring folk
(3) Klabautermann, a sea Kobold of german lore
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klabautermann

German

Der Klabautermann

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