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Laßt mich! laßt mich! ich will klagen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Laßt mich! laßt mich! ich will klagen,
Frölich seyn nicht mehr!
Aboudahab hat geschlagen
Aly und sein Heer.

So ein muntrer kühner Krieger
Wird nicht wieder seyn;
Ueber alles ward er Sieger,
Haut' es kurz und klein.

Er verschmähte Wein und Weiber,
Gieng nur Kriegesbahn,
Und war für die Zeitungsschreiber
Gar ein lieber Mann.

Aber, nun ist er gefallen.
Daß er's doch nicht wär'!
Ach, von allen Bey's, von allen
War kein Bey wie er.

Jedermann in Sirus saget:
»Schade, daß er fiel!«
Und in ganz Egypten klaget
Mensch und Crocodil.

Daher sieht im Geist, wie's scheinet,
Am Serail mit Graus
Seines Freundes Kopf, und weinet
Sich die Augen aus.
                    Da Capo.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with ASMUS omnia sua SECUM portans, oder Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker Bothen, I. und II. Theil. Beym Verfasser, und in Commißion bey Fr. Perthes in Hamburg. [1774], pages 48-49.

First published in Der Deutsche, sonst Wandsbecker Bothe. Ao. 1773. No. 112. Mittwochs, den 14ten Julii.

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Klaagzang om Ali Bey", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Lament for Ali Bey", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Plainte sur Ali Bey", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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Lament for Ali Bey

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Leave me! Leave me alone! I want to lament,
I don't want to be merry any more!
Abu al-Dhahab has struck down
Ali and his army.

Such a jolly and bold warrior
Will never be seen again.
He was victorious over everyone
And chopped them up into little pieces.

He denied himself wine and women.
He only took the course of war,
And for the newspaper writers
He was really a favourite man.

But now he has fallen.
If only it hadn't happened to him!
Oh, out of all the Beys, out of all of them
There was no Bey like him.

Everyone in Syria is saying,
"What a shame that he fell!"
And in the whole of Egypt there is lamenting
By humans and crocodiles.

Dhaher pictures to himself the effect
In the harem and the horror as they see
His friend's head, and he cries
His eyes out.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "Klage um Aly Bey", written 1773, first published 1773 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-09-13.
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