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Die Römer, die vor vielen hundert Jahren

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Römer, die vor vielen hundert Jahren,
Das erste Volk der Erde waren,
Doch wenigstens sich dünkten es zu sein;
Die große Schreiber ihrer Taten
Und Dichter auch, und große Redner hatten,
Und Weise, groß und klein;
Die stolz auf ihrer Helden Scharen
Auf ihre Regulos und ihre Scipione waren,
Und Ursach hatten es zu sein;
Die fingen endlich an und aßen Ochsenbraten,
Frisierten sich, und tranken fleißig Wein -
Da war's geschehn um ihre Heldentaten,
Um ihrer Dichter edlen Reih'n,
Um ihre Redner, ihre Schreiber;
Da wurden's große dicke Leiber,
Und Memoirs- und Zeitung-Schreiber,
Und ihre Seelen wurden klein;
Da kamen Oper und Kastraten,
Und Ehebruch und Advokaten,
Und nistelten sich ein.
O, die verdammten Ochsenbraten!
O, der verdammte Wein!

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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)

Text added to the website: 2004-06-12 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:07

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Word count: 121

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