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Schweig’ einmal still, du garst’ger Schwätzer dort! (1896) no.43

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Italienisches Liederbuch

Schweig’ einmal still, du garst’ger Schwätzer dort!

Schweig’ einmal still, du garst’ger Schwätzer dort!
Zum Ekel ist mir dein verwünschtes Singen.
Und triebst du es bis morgen früh so fort,
Doch würde dir kein schmuckes Lied gelingen.
Schweig’ einmal still und lege dich aufs Ohr!
Das Ständchen eines Esels zög’ ich vor.

Shut up out there, you odious ranter!

Shut up out there, you odious ranter!
Your cursed singing makes me sick.
And even if you kept it up till morning,
You’d still not manage a decent song.
Shut up for once and go to bed!
I’d sooner hear a donkey’s serenade!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)


Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse was a distinguished German writer and translator. A member of two important literary societies, the Tunnel über der Spree in Berlin and Die Krokodile in Munich, he wrote novels, poetry, 177 short stories, and about sixty dramas. The sum of Heyse's many and varied productions made him a dominant figure among German men of letters. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910 "as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories." Wirsen, one of the Nobel judges, said that "Germany has not had a greater literary genius since Goethe." Heyse is the fifth oldest laureate in literature, after Doris Lessing, Theodor Mommsen, Alice Munro and Jaroslav Seifert.

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