by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Mit Mädeln sich vertragen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Mit [Mädeln]1 sich vertragen,
Mit Männern 'rumgeschlagen,
Und mehr Credit als Geld;
So kommt man durch die Welt.

Mit vielem läßt sich schmausen;
Mit wenig läßt sich hausen;
Daß wenig vieles sey,
Schafft nur die Lust herbei.

Will sie sich nicht bequemen,
So müßt ihr's eben nehmen.
Will einer nicht vom Ort,
So jagt ihn g'rade fort.

Laßt alle nur mißgönnen,
Was sie nicht nehmen können,
Und seid von Herzen froh;
Das ist das A und O.

So fahret fort zu dichten,
Euch nach der Welt zu richten.
Bedenkt in Wohl und Weh
Dieß goldne A B C.

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe lezter Hand, Zehnter Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 217-218; and with Goethe's Werke, Erster Band. Gedichte. Erster Theil, mit Einleitung und Anmerkungen von G. von Loeper, Zweite Ausgabe. Verlag von Gustav Hempel, Berlin, 1882, page 83 (Gesellige Lieder).

See also the text from the first version of Claudine von Villa Bella, which shares the first four lines.

1 Schubert, Wolf: "Mädchen"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "De meisjes laten lachen", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , title 1: "Cheeky and cheerful", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "S'entendre avec les filles", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Alle ragazze fare la corte", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Alle ragazze fare la corte
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Alle ragazze fare la corte,
con gli uomini invece prendersi a botte,
avere più credito che moneta, 
così nel mondo va avanti la vita.

Molte cose si fanno gustare,
ma con poco si può anche campare; 
se però il poco molto diventa
allora è certo che il piacere aumenta.

Se lei rifiuta ogni vostra proposta,
dovete insistere nella conquista,
e se qualcuno non se ne vuole andare
allora voi cacciatelo pure.

Lasciate pure agli altri invidiare
ciò che non possono conquistare,
serbate sempre un'anima allegra;
e questo sia, a voi, l'alfa e l'omega.

E andate pure in giro poetando,
e a regolarvi come vuole il mondo, 
nel bene e nel male continuate così
serbando memoria di questo aureo abbiccì. 

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