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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]1 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.

1 Schubert: "fünfzehn bis zu fünfzig"

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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Based on

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

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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: 2003-11-05.
Last modified: 2018-05-10 13:11:18
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Word count: 135

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De vrouwengek

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Nooit vond 'k in Eva's dochterscharen
Er eentje die mij niet beviel;
Van vijftien tot wel vijftig jaren
Is geen er die 'k niet hebben wil.
 


Door leuk of dom, volslank of sprietje,
Door alles voel ik mij verrukt;
Een evenbeeld van Aphrodite
Is elke die mijn oog maar plukt.
 


Zelfs die doet wel mijn hart vibreren,
Bij wie men elke charme mist;
Van alles mag er aan mankeren,
Als 't maar een vrouw'lijk wezen is.




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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2008 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Franz von Ratschky (1757 - 1810), "Der Weiberfreund", subtitle: "Nach dem Englischen des Cowley", written 1794, first published 1795 [an adaptation] CAT FRE GER GER ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2008-12-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:02
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Word count: 76