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Den König Wiswamitra

Language: German (Deutsch)

Den König Wiswamitra,
den treibts ohne Rast und Ruh,
er will durch Kampf und Büßung
erwerben Wasischtas Kuh.

Oh, König Wiswamitra,
oh, welch ein Ochs bist du,
daß du so viel kämpfest und büßest,
und alles für eine Kuh!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33

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Word count: 39

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The great king Wiswamitra

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The great king Wiswamitra
   In dire distress is now.
He seeks with strife and penance
   To win Waschischta's cow.

O, great King Wiswamitra,
   Oh what an ox art thou!
So much to struggle and suffer,
   And only for a cow.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 45 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Baron Berners, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, R. Johndorff, Ernst Hermann Meyer, Carl Nicola, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen. Go to the text.

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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Text added to the website: 2008-05-02 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42

Line count: 8
Word count: 40