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Hab' ich euch denn je geraten

Language: German

Hab' ich euch denn je geraten,
Wie ihr Kriege führen solltet?
Schalt ich euch nach euren Taten,
Wenn ihr Frieden schließen wolltet?

Und so hab' ich auch den Fischer
Ruhig sehen Netze werfen,
Brauchte dem gewandten [Tischer]1
Winkelmaß nicht einzuschärfen.

Aber ihr wollt besser wissen,
Was ich weiß, da ich bedachte,
Was Natur für mich beflissen,
Schon zu meinem Eigen machte.

Fühlt ihr auch dergleichen Stärke?
Nun, so fördert eure Sachen!
Seht ihr aber meine Werke,
Lernet erst: so wollt' er's machen.



Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "Tischler"

Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Have I ever counselled you", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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