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Es war einmal ein Bock (1918) Op. 66

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Der Krämerspiegel (Op. 66)

Es war einmal ein Bock

Es war einmal ein Bock, ein Bock,
Der fraß an einem Blumenstock, der Bock.
Musik, du lichte Blumenzier,
Wie schmatzt der Bock voll Schmausegier!
Er möchte gar vermessen
Die Blüten alle fressen.
Du liebe Blüte wehre dich,
Du Bock und Gierschlung, schere dich!
Schere dich, du Bock!

There was once a goat

There was once a Goat, a Goat
That nibbled at a flowering pot plant, a Goat.
Music, O Flower of bright beauty,
See how the Goat greedily licks his lips!
Presumptuously he would like
To guzzle all the Flowers.
Sweet Flower, defend yourself!
Go to hell, you greedy guzzling Goat!
Go to hell, Goat!

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Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is particularly well-known for his operas, Lieder, and tone poems. 

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