Die Beredsamkeit (Joseph Haydn)

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Editor: Elizabeth Pauly (submitted 2003-07-09).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 328 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Die Beredsamkeit
Composer: Joseph Haydn

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: German
Instruments: Piano
Published: Kalmus


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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Freunde, Wasser machet stumm,
lernet dieses an den Fischen,
doch beim Weine kehrt sich's um
dieses lernt an unsern Tischen.

Was für Redner sind wir nicht,
wenn der Rheinwein aus uns spricht
Wir ermahnen, streiten, lehren,
keiner will den andern hören.

Freunde, Wasser machet stumm.

English.png English translation

Brothers, water makes us dumb.
Just observe the little fishes.
But with wine it's something else.
This we learn each night at supper.

Oraters we're surely not
when the rhine wine for us speaks.
We admonish, lecture, argue.
No one listens to the other.

Brothers, water makes us dumb.