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Ihr guten Herrn, ihr schönen Frauen, So wohlgetputzt und backenrot, Belieb' es euch mich anzuschauen Und seht und [mildert]1 meine Not! Laßt hier mich nicht vergebens leiern! Nur der ist froh, der geben mag. Ein Tag, den alle Menschen feiern, Er sei für mich ein Erntetag.
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1 Kreutzer: "lindert"
- by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), no title, appears in Faust, in Der Tragödie erster Teil (Part I) [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 Conradin Kreutzer (1780 - 1849), "Ein Bettler vor dem Tor", 1820 [voice and piano], from Gesänge aus Goethe's Faust, no. 2, an edition from 1836 is mentioned by Hofmeister, published Wien, Trentsensky [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Eduard Lassen (1830 - 1904), "Ihr guten Herr'n, ihr schönen Frauen", op. 57 no. 57, published 1877 [bass and piano], from Aus der Musik zu Goethe's Faust, no. 57, Breslau, Hainauer [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Antoni Henryk Radziwill, Fürst (1775 - 1833), "Bettler Lied", published 1835, from Compositionen zu Göthe's Faust, no. 3, Berlin: Zum ausschliesslichen Debit in Commission bei T. Trautwein, Buch-und Musikhandlung [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- by Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932), "Vor dem Tor", 1931 [solo voices, chorus, orchestra, and organ], from Aus Goethes Faust, no. 4, title of the translation to Italian: "Fuori porta"
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Gérard Labrunie) , no title
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Buoni signori, signore piacenti, rosee nel viso e vestite eleganti, guardate un attimo, abbiate pietà ed alleviate la mia povertà! Non trascurate la mia litania! Felice è colui che qualche soldo dà via. Il giorno che a tanti è giorno di festa sia anche il giorno in cui qualcosa mi resta.
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- Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2012 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), no title, appears in Faust, in Der Tragödie erster Teil (Part I)
This text was added to the website: 2012-01-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 51