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Today's special

WEERTH, Georg

Das Hungerlied

Verehrter Herr und König,
Weißt du die schlimme Geschicht?
Am Montag aßen wir wenig,
Und am Dienstag aßen wir nicht.

Und am Mittwoch mussten wir darben,
Und am Donnerstag litten wir Not;
Und ach, am Freitag starben
Wir fast den Hungertod!

Drum lass am Samstag backen
Das Brot, fein säuberlich –
Sonst werden wir sonntags packen
Und fressen, o König, dich!