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Es war mal eine Wanze (1918) Op. 66

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Der Krämerspiegel (Op. 66)

Es war mal eine Wanze

Es war mal eine Wanze,
Die ging, die ging aufs Ganze.
Gab einen Duft, der nie verflog,
Und sog und sog.
Doch Musici, die packten sie
Und knackten sie.
Und als die Wanze starb und stank,
Ein Lobgesang zum Himmel drang.

There was once a bloodsucker

There was once a bloodsucker
That stopped, that stopped at nothing.
It stank and stank,
And sucked and sucked.
But musicians seized it
And squashed it.
And when the bloodsucker died and stank,
A hymn of praise rose to heaven.

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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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