by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

Setze mir nicht, du Grobian
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Dem Kellner:
 Setze mir nicht, du Grobian,
 Mir den Krug so derb vor die Nase!
 Wer [mir]1 Wein bringt, sehe mich freundlich an,
 Sonst trübt sich der Eilfer im Glase.

Dem Schenken:
 Du [zierlicher Knabe]2, du komm herein,
 Was stehst du [denn]1 da auf der Schwelle?
 Du sollst mir künftig der Schenke sein,
 Jeder Wein ist [schmackhaft]3 und helle.

C. Fussell sets stanza 2

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Confirmed with Goethe's sämmtliche Werke in vierzig Bänden, Vollständige, neugeordnete Ausgabe, Vierter Band, Stuttgart und Augsburg, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1856, page 116.

Note: the word "Eilfer" (line 1-4) is not a typo for "Elfer" as some CD booklets might lead one to believe. Cf. Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob Grimm und Wilhelm Grimm: "Eilfer"
1 omitted by Mendelssohn.
2 Mendelssohn: "zierliches Mädchen" ; Schumann: "lieblicher Knabe"
3 Mendelssohn: "dann schmackhaft"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "No m'empenyis a terra, tu groller", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Don't throw it down, you boor", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Butor, ne me mets pas le pichet", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Non mi sbattere così, villano", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Emilia Maxim

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 59

Non mi sbattere così, villano
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Non mi sbattere così, villano,
il boccale sotto il naso!
Chi mi porta il vino, mi rivolga, un sorriso,
o mi intorbida il vino migliore nel bicchiere.

Tu , grazioso fanciullo, vieni, entra,
ché stai fermo sulla soglia?
Tu sarai d'ora in poi il coppiere,
ed ogni vino sarà squisito e limpido.

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This text was added to the website: 2006-01-19
Line count: 8
Word count: 52