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Mahnung (1901)


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Brettl-Lieder [Cabaret Songs]


Mahnung

Mädel, sei kein eitles Ding,
Fang dir keinen Schmetterling,
Such dir einen rechten Mann,
Der dich tüchtig küssen kann,
Und mit seiner Hände Kraft
Dir ein warmes Nestchen schafft.
Mädel, Mädel, sei nicht dumm,
Lauf nicht wie im Traum herum,
Augen auf! ob einer kommt,
Der dir recht zum Manne frommt.
Kommt er, dann nicht lang bedacht!
Klapp! die Falle zugemacht!
Liebes Mädel, sei gescheit,
Nütze deine Rosenzeit!
Passe auf und denke dran,
Daß du, wenn du ohne Plan
Ziellos durch das Leben schwirrst,
Eine alte Jungfer wirst.

Warning

Do not be so vain, my girl,
Do not catch a butterfly,
Search for a real man,
Who knows how to kiss you properly,
And whose strong hands
Can build you a warm nest.
Do not be a fool, my girl,
Do not live as in a dream,
Open your eyes! see if there’s a man
Who’ll make you a perfect match.
If one comes, then don’t think twice!
Catch him in the trap.
Don’t be a fool, my girl,
Gather rosebuds while you may!
Watch out, and bear in mind
That, without a plan,
You’ll flutter through life aimlessly,
And become an old maid.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer, music theorist, and painter. He was associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School.


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