Extract from Michael Mitchell's translation

Florian Kalbeck's His Pencil's Sharp Strokes

Kalbeck's caricature of himself as a poet riding a hobby horse

See the poet flying through the air
Mounted on his Pegasus;
Thalia, the Muse with the mask is there,
To inspire him with a kiss …
Hier fliegt der Dichter durch die Luft
Auf seinem Pegasus;
Thalia mit der Maske ruft
Zum süssen Musenkuss …