by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 - 1781)

Freunde, Wasser machet stumm
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE SPA
Freunde, Wasser machet stumm,
lernet dieses an den Fischen,
doch beim Weine kehrt sich's um
dieses lernt an unsern Tischen.

Was für Redner sind wir nicht,
wenn der Rheinwein aus uns spricht
Wir ermahnen, streiten, lehren,
keiner will den andern hören.

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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) (Charlotte Coulombeau) , title 1: "Éloquence", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , title 1: "La elocuencia", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Marieke T. de Heer

This text was added to the website: 2004-11-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 41