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by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
  Mädchen entsiegelten,
  Brüder! die Flaschen;
  Auf! die geflügelten
  Freuden zu haschen,
Locken und Becher von Rosen umglüht.
  Auf! eh die moosigen
  Hügel uns winken,
  Wonne von rosigen
  Lippen zu trinken;
Huldigung Allem, was jugendlich blüht!

Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 150; with Gedichte von Friedrich Matthisson. Dritte vermehrte Auflage. Zürich, 1794 bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli & Comp., page 114; and with Musen-Almanach für 1794, herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Voß, Hamburg, bey C.E.Bohn, page 116.

First published 1792 in a different version with the title Trinklied; see below.


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

Set in a modified version by Johann Xaver Sterkel.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó de banquet", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Skolion", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Drinking song", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Scolie", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 36

Drinking song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The girls have uncorked
The bottles, brothers!
Up! the winged
Joys need to be captured,
Locks of hair and beakers are glowing with roses all around.
Up! before the mossy
Hills summon us,
Take delight in pink
Lips, drink in the delight;
Pay hommage to everything that is blooming with youth!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 by Malcolm Wren, (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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This text was added to the website: 2018-01-25
Line count: 10
Word count: 51