“Give It Up!” (German: “Gibs auf!”), written by Franz Kafka between 1917 and 1923, first appeared in Beschreibung eines Kampfes (1936, Description of a Struggle, translated 1958). See here.
It was very early in the morning, the streets clean and deserted, I was on my way to the station. As I compared the tower clock with my watch I realized it was much later than I had thought and that I had to hurry; the shock of this discovery made me feel uncertain of the way, I wasn’t very well acquainted with the town as yet; fortunately, there was a policeman at hand, I ran to him and breathlessly asked him the way. He smiled and said: