possibly by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Essen, trinken, das erhält den Leib
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Essen, trinken, das erhält den Leib
's ist doch mein liebster Zeitverstreib,
das Essen und Trinken.
Labt mich Speis und Trank nicht mehr,
dann ade, dann Welt, gute Nacht!

So ein Brätchen, ein Pastetchen,
ach, wenn die meinem Gaumen winken,
dann, dann, dann ist mein Tag vollbracht.

Ach, und wenn im lieben Gläschen
Sorg und Gram darnieder sinken,
dann aller Welt dann gute Nacht!

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Good night!", written 2010, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2008-04-25
Line count: 11
Word count: 64

Good night!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Eating, drinking, all that my body "may"
Is my favorite whiling the hours away,
Such eating and drinking.
Refresh me no more with food and drink
And then, farewell, cruel world, good night!

So then, something roasted, something baked,
Oh, that for which my palette's ached,
Then, yes o then, my day's quite right.

O, and also a glass of Chardonnay
Would make care and grief quite drop away,
And then, dear world, good night!

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This text was added to the website: 2011-12-28
Line count: 11
Word count: 75