Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Bau nur auf Weltgunst recht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Bau nur auf Weltgunst recht
Und paß auf jeden Wink und Gruß,
Wirst dabei nimmer fröhlich werden!
Es hat's kein Hund so schlecht,
Der hinter seinen Herren muß,
Nicht frei spazieren kann auf Erden.

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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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Maxim", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Linda Godry

Text added to the website: 2008-06-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:43
Line count: 6
Word count: 34

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Only strive diligently for the favour of the world
And watch for every signal and greeting,
You shall never become happy thereby!
No dog has such a sorry lot,
Who has to follow his master,
And cannot walk freely upon the earth.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Sharon Krebs, (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.

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Text added to the website: 2011-05-19 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:23
Line count: 6
Word count: 42