possibly by Martin Luther (1483 - 1546) and possibly by Johann Heinrich Voss (1751 - 1826)

Wer nicht liebt Weib, Wein und Gesang
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ITA
Wer nicht liebt [Weib, Wein]1 und Gesang,
Der bleibt ein Narr sein Lebenlang.

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Note: this is a saying ("Spruch") that first appeared in Wandsbecher Bote, 1775, No. 75, p. 300; and then in the Musenalmanach, 1777, of Johann Heinrich Voss, who may merely have claimed Luther said it. It also appears in a poem by Voss titled "An Luther". L. Waldmann's song Luther's Wahrspruch also refers to it.

1 Brümmer, Kraus: "Wein, Weib"


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 (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "Four-part canon"
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Consiglio per la salute", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 13