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Wer kauft Liebesgötter? (1815) D261

Wer kauft Liebesgötter?

Von allen schönen Waren, 
Zum Markte hergefahren, 
Wird keine mehr behagen
Als die wir euch getragen
Aus fremden Ländern bringen. 
O höret was wir singen!
Und seht die schönen Vögel, 
Sie stehen zum Verkauf.
Zuerst beseht den grossen,
Den lustigen, den losen!
Er hüpfet leicht und munter 
Von Baum und Busch herunter; 
Gleich ist er wieder droben.
Wir wollen ihn nicht loben. 
O seht den muntern Vogel! 
Er steht hier zum Verkauf.
Betrachtet nun den kleinen, 
Er will bedächtig scheinen, 
Und doch ist er der lose,
So gut als wie der grosse; 
Er zeiget meist im Stillen 
Den allerbesten Willen.
Der lose kleine Vogel,
Er steht hier zum Verkauf.
O seht das kleine Täubchen, 
Das liebe Turtelweibchen! 
Die Mädchen sind so zierlich, 
Verständig und manierlich; 
Sie mag sich gerne putzen 
Und eure Liebe nutzen.
Der kleine, zarte Vogel,
Er steht hier zum Verkauf.
Wir wollen sie nicht loben,
Sie stehn zu allen Proben.
Sie lieben sich das Neue;
Doch über ihre treue
Verlangt nicht Brief und Siegel; 
Sie haben alle Flügel.
Wie artig sind die Vögel.
Wie reizend ist der Kauf!

Who will buy these Cupids?

Of all the beautiful things 
brought here to market, 
none will please you more 
than those we bring you 
from foreign lands.
Hear our song! 
See the fine birds! 
They are for sale.
First look at this big one,
this jolly, rakish fellow.
Chirpily, lightly,
he hops down from bush and tree, 
now he is up there again.
We are not going to sing his praises. 
Look at the chirpy fellow!
He is for sale.
Now take a look at this little one. 
He pretends to be thoughtful,
but he’s every bit as rakish
as the big fellow.
In his quiet way he shows 
the best will in the world. 
This rakish little fellow
is for sale.
See this little dove,
this sweet turtle dove.
Girls are so dainty,
so understanding and well-mannered. 
She likes to spruce herself
and to serve your love.
This delicate little bird
is for sale.
We are not going to sing their praises, 
you can try them out as you wish. 
They love novelty,
but as for their constancy,
do not ask for any promises! 
They all have wings.
What charming birds!
What a delightful buy!

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Composer

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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Poet

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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