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O lieber Künstler sei ermahnt (1918) Op. 66

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Der Krämerspiegel (Op. 66)

O lieber Künstler sei ermahnt

O lieber Künstler sei ermahnt,
Und übe Vorsicht jedenfalls!
Wer in gewissen Kähnen kahnt,
Dem steigt das Wasser bis zum Hals.
Und wenn ein dunkel trübes Licht
Verdächtig aus dem Nebel lugt,
Lustwandle auf der Lienau nicht,
Weil dort der lange Robert spukt!
Dein Säckel wird erobert
Vom langen Robert!

O be warned, dear artist!

O be warned, dear artist,
Exercise caution at all costs!
He who rows in certain boats
Falls into water up to his neck.
And when dark dim light
Peeps suspiciously through the mist,
Don’t stroll on Flax Island,
Where spooky lanky Robert lurks!
Lanky Robert
Will steal your purse!

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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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