Monday, December 7, 2009

The Cattle Jew

The Cattle Jew

Most revolting in a Jew

Is his peculiar greed for gold.

Always with him is first in mind

By hook or crook a deal to find.

There was once a Jew called Kohn

With 100,000 talers all his own

From cutting offers to the bone.

Greed of gold had sullied his soul.

Came a farmer in greatest need,

Cows and pigs he offered the Jew

For 120 Gulden new

To free himself from binding debt.

The Jew, however, was not ashamed

To pay him half the price he named.

Away went cattle with grinning Jew,

The farmer was heartbroken, too.

Misfortune dogs him more and more;

In Jewish hands there’s death in store.

So listen, you people, wherever you are:

“Don’t trust a fox on the greensward

And never a Jew on his plighted word!”

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