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Ein trunkner Dichter leerte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein trunkner Dichter leerte
sein Glaß auf jedem Zug;
ihn warnte sein Gefährte:
Hör' auf! du hast genug.
Bereit von Stuhl zu sinken,
sprach der: du bist nicht klug!
zuviel kann man wohl trinken,
doch nie trinkt man genug.

Translation(s): ENG

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The answer of a drunken poet", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:16
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Word count: 39

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The answer of a drunken poet

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A drunken poet emptied
His glass with every gulp;
His companion warned him:
Cease! you have had enough.
Ready to fall off his stool,
He said: You are not wise!
Truly, one can drink too much,
Yet one can never drink enough.

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Benda's song title: "A drunken poet empties his glass"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2012 by Sharon Krebs, (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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Text added to the website: 2012-04-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:52
Line count: 8
Word count: 42