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Klage um Ali Bey (1816) D496a

Klage um Ali Bey

Lasst mich! lasst mich! ich will klagen,
Fröhlich sein nicht mehr!
Aboudahab hat geschlagen
Ali und sein Heer.
So ein munt’rer, kühner Krieger
Wird nicht wieder sein,
Über alles ward er Sieger,
Haut’es kurz und klein.
Er verschmähte Wein und Weiber,
Ging nur Kriegesbahn,
Und war für die Zeitungsschreiber
Gar ein lieber Mann.
Aber, nun ist er gefallen,
Dass er’s doch nicht wär’!
Ach, von allen Bey’s, von allen
War kein Bey wie er.
Jedermann in Syrus saget:
„Schade, dass er fiel!“
Und in ganz Ägypten klaget
Mensch und Krokodil.

Lament for Ali Bey

Leave me! Leave me! I wish to lament
and never again be joyful!
Abu Dahab has slain
Ali and his army!
Such a bold and cheerful warrior
there will never be again;
he vanquished all,
hacking them to pieces.
He scorned wine and women,
pursuing only the path of war,
and was beloved
by the newspapers.
But now he is fallen.
Would that he had not!
Ah, among all the Beys
there was no Bey like him!
Everyone in Syria is saying:
‘What a pity that he has fallen!’
And throughout all Egypt
men and crocodiles lament.

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Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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After studying at Jena, Claudius held a series of editorial and minor official positions in Copenhagen and Darmstadt until in 1788 he acquired a sinecure in the Schleswig-Holstein bank. He edited the Wandsbecker Bothe (1771–75), popular not only with a general readership, for whose enlightenment it was designed, but also with the most important literary men of the time. Among the journal’s contributors were the philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder, the poet Friedrich Klopstock, and the critic and dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, the three of whom, with Claudius, formed a circle that fought against the prevailing rationalist and Classical spirit and sought to preserve a natural and Christian atmosphere in literature. Claudius’ own poems, e.g., Der Tod und das Mädchen, have a naive, childlike, and devoutly Christian quality.

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