by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Vorbereitung zum Tode
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Sorgt für die Zukunft! Sorgt bei Zeiten! 
Seufzt augendrehend Herr Filint,
Und läßt sich seinen Sarg bereiten,
Weil jetzt die Bretter wohlfeil sind.

Confirmed with Muster und Übungsblätter zur Bildung des Ausdrucks und Geschmacks: mit einer Methodik als Anhang, von Karl Schüelein, Professor in Speyer, Speyer und Heidelberg, Verlag von August Oßwald, 1825, page 41. No author indicated, but Zumsteeg's score indicates the author as "J. F. A. B-r".


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Preparation for Death", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Preparation for Death
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Prepare for the future in a timely way!
Sighs Mister Philint, rolling his eyes,
And has his coffin built,
Because now - boards are cheap.


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Word count: 25