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König David

Language: German (Deutsch)

Lächelnd scheidet der Despot,
Denn er weiß, nach seinem Tod
Wechselt Willkür nur die Hände,
Und die Knechtschaft hat kein Ende.

Armes Volk! wie Pferd und Farrn
Bleibt es angeschirrt am Karrn,
Und der Nacken wird gebrochen,
Der sich nicht bequemt den Jochen.

Sterbend spricht zu Salomo
König David: [Apropos,]1
Daß ich Joab dir empfehle,
Einen meiner Generäle.

Dieser tapfre General
Ist seit Jahren mir fatal,
Doch ich wagte den Verhaßten
Niemals ernstlich anzutasten.

Du, mein Sohn, bist fromm und klug,
Gottesfürchtig, stark genug,
Und es wird dir [leicht]2 gelingen,
[Jenen]3 Joab umzubringen.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Mendelssohn: "Apropos!"
2 Mendelssohn: "schon"
3 Mendelssohn: "Diesen"


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