never in my life have I seen
as handsome a rat as you.
Thank you for noticing my potatoes.
Oh Rat, I am not rich.
I left you a note concerning my potatoes,
but I see that I placed it too high
and you could not read it.
my wife and I are cursed with possession of a large and hungry dog;
it worries us that he might learn your name –
which is forever on our lips.
Oh Rat, consider my neighbour;
he has eight children (all of them older
and more intelligent than mine)
and if you lived in his house, Rat
ten good Christians
(if we include his wife)
would sing your praises nightly,
whereas in my house there are only five.