by Alfred Kerr (1867 - 1948)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

O Schröpferschwarm, o Händlerkreis
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
O Schröpferschwarm, o Händlerkreis,
Wer schiebt dir einen Riegel?
Das tat mit alter Schelmenweis'
Till Eulenspiegel.

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ô essaim de suceurs de sang, ô bande de marchands", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Matthias Fletzberger

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 4
Word count: 16

Oh swarm of fleecers, oh set of mongers
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh swarm of fleecers, oh set of mongers,
Who is going to put a stop to your activities?
That was done with old impish cunning
By [Till Eulenspiegel.]1

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1 Richard Strauss composed a tone poem of that name; however, according to Michael Shane Hurst (Interpreting Richard Strauss’s Der Krämerspiegel from the Perspectives of the Performers and the Audience, DMA dissertation, University of North Texas, 2007, page 117), this is a reference not to the character Till Eulenspiegel, but to Strauss himself.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-09-13
Line count: 4
Word count: 28