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Galathea (1901)


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Brettl-Lieder [Cabaret Songs]


Galathea

Ach, wie brenn’ ich vor Verlangen,
Galathea, schönes Kind,
Dir zu küssen deine Wangen,
Weil sie so entzückend sind.
Wonne die mir widerfahre,
Galathea, schönes Kind,
Dir zu küssen deine Haare,
Weil sie so verlockend sind.
Nimmer wehr’ mir bis ich ende,
Galathea, schönes Kind,
Dir zu küssen deine Hände,
Weil sie so verlockend sind.
Ach, du ahnst nicht, wie ich glühe,
Galathea, schönes Kind,
Dir zu küssen deine Knie,
Weil sie so verlockend sind.
Und was tät ich nicht, du Süße,
Galathea, schönes Kind,
Dir zu küssen deine Füße,
Weil sie so verlockend sind.
Aber deinen Mund enthülle,
Mädchen, meinen Küßen nie,
Denn in seiner Reize Fülle,
Küßt ihn nur die Phantasie.

Galathea

Ah, how I’m burning with desire,
Galathea, lovely child,
Just to kiss your cheeks,
Because they’re so enchanting.
The rapture that I feel,
Galathea, lovely child,
Just to kiss your tresses,
Because they’re so enticing.
Never resist me, till I’ve finished,
Galathea, lovely child,
Kissing your hands,
Because they’re so enticing.
Ah, you do not sense how I burn,
Galathea, lovely child,
To kiss your knees,
Because they’re so enticing.
And what wouldn’t I do, my sweet,
Galathea, lovely child,
To kiss your feet,
Because they’re so enticing.
But never expose your lips,
Sweet girl, to my kisses,
For the fullness of their charms
Can only be kissed in fantasy.
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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Poet

Benjamin Franklin Wedekind (July 24, 1864 – March 9, 1918), usually known as Frank Wedekind, was a German playwright. His work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes, is considered to anticipate expressionism and was influential in the development of epic theatre.

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