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You know French perfectly. Math and logistics too. You study so well, you do. Well, so go study! But listen: What building stories do you know? Or songs of trolleycars - tell, me, where did they go? I've always hated the fat and the faded because since childhood I've sung for my supper. You learn how to sit and how to please a lady - Trifling thoughts, worthlessly rattling like ivory copper! But I, with my audience of a only a building, Outside all the towers, see what tomorrow will bring. With rapt attention, the whispering window gnomes would catch my poems with condescension. And later they'd chatter on about each other while dangling their tongues like weather cock fighters.
- by Leonard J[ordan] Lehrman (b. 1949), "My university", copyright © 1970 by Leonard Lehrman, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [an adaptation] [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- a text in Russian (Русский) by Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893 - 1930), "Мой университет", appears in Люблю (Ljublju), no. 4, first published 1922
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Leonard J[ordan] Lehrman (b. 1949), "My university", op. 25 (1970) [bass and piano], also set in Russian (Русский) [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Researcher for this text: Leonard Lehrman
This text was added to the website: 2010-09-17
Line count: 21
Word count: 120