Bicycle Diaries: <i>The Tailor of Ulm</i>

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18.7.08

The Tailor of Ulm

by
Bertold
Brecht


(Ulm 1592)

Bishop, I can fly
Said the tailor to the bishop.
Just watch me try!
And with a couple of things
That looked like wings
To the big, big roof of the church he climbed.

The bishop walked by.
It's nothing but a lie
A man is not a bird
No man will ever fly
Said the bishop to the tailor.

Broken winged he crashed
And now lies smashed
On the hard, hard city square.

Let the church bells ring
It was nothing but a lie
A man is not a bird
No man will ever fly
Said the bishop to the people.

from Five Children's Songs

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