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Die reichen Leute, die gewinnt Man nur durch platte Schmeichelein - Das Geld ist platt, mein liebes Kind, Und will auch platt geschmeichelt sein. Das Weihrauchfaß, das schwinge keck Vor jedem göttlich goldnen Kalb; Bet an im Staub, bet an im Dreck, Vor allem aber lob nicht halb. Das Brot ist teuer dieses Jahr, Jedoch die schönsten Worte hat Man noch umsonst - Besinge gar Mäcenas' Hund, und friß dich satt!
- by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Lumpentum", appears in Romanzero, in 2. Zweites Buch, in Lazarus, no. 5 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by David Leonard Blake (b. 1936), "Lumpentum", published 1981 [ high voice and instrumental ensemble (11 instruments) ], from From the mattress grave : a cycle of twelve songs to poems by Heine, no. 7, note: also set in English (translation by Peter Palmer) [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by David Leonard Blake (b. 1936), "Lumpentum", published 1978 [ voice and piano ], from Nine Songs, no. 6 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by David Leonard Blake (b. 1936), "Lumpentum", published 1985 [ baritone, oboe, and piano ], from Five Heine Songs, no. 5 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by David Leonard Blake (b. 1936), "Lumpentum", published 1988 [ baritone, oboe, and string quartet ], from Six Heine Songs, no. 6 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CZE Czech (Čeština) (Otokar Fischer) , "Lumpáctví"
- ENG English [singable] (Peter Palmer) , "Riff-raff", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2008-02-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 71
The rich and famous, they're beguiled By flattery that's mean and crude -- For money's vulgar, precious child, And must by vulgar talk be wooed. So let the brazen censer tilt In front of every golden calf, Kneel down in dust, kneel down in filth, And mind you don't give praise by half. This year the price of bread has soared, And yet the sweetest words are still For free, no cost, so even laud The rich man's dog, and grab your fill!
- Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by Peter Palmer, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Lumpentum", appears in Romanzero, in 2. Zweites Buch, in Lazarus, no. 5
This text was added to the website: 2009-06-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 82