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Der Weiberfreund

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Noch fand von Evens Töchterschaaren
Ich keine, die mir nicht gefiel:
Von funfzehn bis zu funfzig Jahren
Ist jede meiner Wünsche Ziel.

Durch Farb' und Form, durch Witz und Güte,
Durch alles fühl' ich mich entzückt:
Ein Ebenbild der Aphrodite
Ist jede, die mein Aug' erblickt.

Selbst die vermag mein Herz zu angeln,
Bei der man jeden Reiz vermißt:
Mag immerhin ihr alles mangeln,
Wenn's nur ein weiblich Wesen ist!

Bei blonden, runden Dindonetten
Preis' ich die Fülle der Natur:
An hagern schmächtigen Brünetten 
Reizt mich verliebter Sehnsucht Spur.

Bezaubernd ist die schlanke Schöne:
Doch auch der Krummen huldig' ich;
An Amors Pfeil erinnert jene,
Und die an seinen Bogen mich.

So flattr' ich rastlos, gleich den Bienen,
Durch Amors Lustgefilde hin,
Und selbst das Unkraut muß mir dienen,
Um süßen Honig draus zu ziehn.

Translation(s): CAT DUT FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen herausgegeben von W.G. Becker für 1795. Leipzig, bei Voß und Compagnie, pages 201-202.

Note: Ratschky published a revised version of this poem in his Neuere Gedichte of 1805, where he also changed the sequence of the stanzas (stanza 3 is now next-to-last); see below.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L'amic de les dones", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De vrouwengek", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'ami des femmes", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "L'amico delle donne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-05T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-05-10T13:11:18
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Word count: 135

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