Rhyme of the Troll

Troll sat alone on his seat of stone,
And munched and mumbled a bare old bone;
For many a year he had gnawed it near,
For meat was hard to come by.
Done by! Gum by!

In a cave in the hills he dwelt alone,
And meat was hard to come by.
Up came Tom with his big boots on.
Said he to Troll: ‘Pray, what is yon?
For it looks like the shin o’ my nuncle Tim,
As should be a-lyin’ in graveyard.
Caveyard! Paveyard!

This many a year has Tim been gone,
And I thought he were lyin’ in graveyard.’
‘My lad,’ said Troll, ‘this bone I stole.
But what be bones that lie in a hole?
Thy nuncle was dead as a lump o’ lead,
Afore I found his shinbone.
Tinbone! Thinbone!

He can spare a share for a poor old troll,
For he don’t need his shinbone.’
Said Tom: ‘I don’t see why the likes o’ thee
Without axin’ leave should go makin’ free
With the shank or the shin o’ my father’s kin;
So hand the old bone over!
Rover! Trover!

Though dead he be, it belongs to he;
So hand the old bone over!’
‘For a couple o’ pins,’ says Troll, and grins,
‘I’ll eat thee too, and gnaw thy shins.
A bit o’ fresh meat will go down sweet!
I’ll try my teeth on thee now.
Hee now! See now!

I’m tired o’ gnawing old bones and skins;
I’ve a mind to dine on thee now.’
But just as he thought his dinner was caught,
He found his hands had hold of naught.
Before he could mind, Tom slipped behind
And gave him the boot to larn him.
Warn him! Darn him!

A bump o’ the boot on the seat, Tom thought,
Would be the way to larn him.
But harder than stone is the flesh and bone
Of a troll that sits in the hills alone.
As well set your boot to the mountain’s root,
For the seat of a troll don’t feel it.
Peel it! Heal it!

Old Troll laughed, when he heard Tom groan,
And he knew his toes could feel it.
Tom’s leg is game, since home he came,
And his bootless foot is lasting lame;
But Troll don’t care, and he’s still there
With the bone he boned from its owner.
Doner! Boner!

Troll’s old seat is still the same,
And the bone he boned from its owner!

terjemahan :

Troll duduk sendirian di kursi batu,
Menggigit dan mengunyah tulang kaku
Bertahun-tahun sudah menggigit tanpa lelah,
Karena daging susah didapat.
Babat! Rapat!
Troll tinggal sendirian di gua bukit batu,
Dan daging susah didapat.
Datang Tom bersepatu bot besar.
Katanya kepada Troll: “Maaf, apa yang kaukunyah itu?
Kok seperti tulang kering pamanku Tim,
Yang mestinya berbaring di kuburan.
Pelataran! Halaman!
Sudah lama pamanku mati,
Dan kukira dia di dalam kuburan.”
“Anakku, ” kata Troll, “tulang ini aku curi.
Tapi tulang dalam lubang tentu tak berarti.
Pamanmu sudah kaku seperti bongkah batu,
Sebelum aku menemukan tulangnya.
Tulangnya! Belulangnya!
Dia bisa kasih satu pada troll tua malang ini,
Karena dia tidak butuh tulang keringnya.”
Kata Tom, “Aku tidak paham, kenapa yang semacam kau ini
Mengambil seenaknya, tanpa permisi
Tulang kering sanak ayahku
Tulang tua itu, kembalikan!
Pakan! Lakan!
Tulang itu miliknya, meski dia sudah mati
Jadi tulang itu kembalikan!”
“Supaya lebih kenyang,” kata Troll sambil tertawa,
“kumakan kau sekalian, berikut tulang keringmu juga.
Sedikit daging sebag bisa membuatku bugar!
Kucoba gigiku padamu sekarang.
Ha sekarang! Lihat sekarang!
Aku jemu mengunyah tulang dan kulit lama
Aku ingin makan kau sekarang.”
Mangsa sudah tertangkap, begitu dikiranya,
Ternyata hanya angin dalam, genggamannya.
Sebelum ia sadar, Tom sudah menghindar
Dengan sepatu bot menendangnya.
Tendang dia! Kemplang dia!
Pikir Tom, tendangkan sepatu bot di pantatnya,
Biar dia tahu rasa.
Tapi… aduh, kerasnya daging dan tulang troll itu,
Lebih keras daripada bukit batu.
Ditendang berkali-kali, tidak berarti sama sekali,
Pantat troll tidak merasa apa-apa.
K’rasa apa! B’rasa apa!
Mendengar Tom mengerang, Troll tua merasa sangat lucu
Kar’na ia tahu, kaki Toni sakit luar biasa.
Kaki Tom kalah, dia pun pulanglah,
Dan kakinya tanpa bot lumpuh sudah
Tapi Troll tak peduli, dan masih duduk sendiri,
Dengan tulang yang dicuri dari pemiliknya.
Biliknya! Ciliknya!
Pantat Troll masih sama,
Dan tulang yang dicuri dari pemiliknya!

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