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Geselligkeit betreffend (1943)

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Anakreontische Fragmente

Geselligkeit betreffend

Der sei nicht mein Genoss’, der mir zum Wein beim vollen
Becher nicht von Fehden erzählt und nicht vom leidigen Krieg;
Sondern vielmehr in geselligem Frohsinn schwelgt und gerne von den Musen
Und Aphrodites holdseligen Gaben mir schwätzt.
Nicht nach der Thrakerin neigt sich verlangend mein Herz.
Denn zum Weintrinker bin ich gemacht.

Regarding companionship

Let him not be my companion who does not, with a brimming beaker
Of wine speak to me of feuds and of distressing war!
But rather indulges me in convivial cheerfulness and happily
Prattles to me of the Muses and of Aphrodite’s lovely gifts.
My heart does not desire the Thracian goddess.
For I was born a drinker of wine.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Hanns Eisler was an Austrian composer. He is best known for composing the national anthem of East Germany, and for his long artistic association with Bertolt Brecht.

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Eduard Friedrich Mörike was a German Romantic poet.

Mörike was born in Ludwigsburg. His father was Karl Friedrich Mörike (d. 1817), a district medical councilor; his mother was Charlotte Bayer. He attended the Latin school at Ludwigsburg, and the seminary at Urach (1818) where he made the acquaintance of Wilhelm Hartlaub and Wilhelm Waiblinger. He then studied theology at the Seminary of Tübingen where he met Ludwig Bauer, David Friedrich Strauss and F. T. Vischer.

He followed an ecclesiastical career, becoming a Lutheran pastor. In 1834 he was appointed pastor of Cleversulzbach near Weinsberg, and, after his early retirement for reasons of health, in 1851 became professor of German literature at the Katharinenstift in Stuttgart. This office he held until his retirement in 1866; but he continued to live in Stuttgart until his death. In what political and social views he espoused, he was monarchist and conservative.

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