Aerztlicher Rat

Was hilft das Schimpfen und das Fluchen,
Sie ziehen sich zu viel zurueck!
Sie sollten brav Gesellschaft suchen,
Und Tanz und laermende Musik.

Ach! wollt ich nicht schon manche liebe Stunde
So bei Gesang und Geige mich ergötzen?
Jedoch da hör ich tief im Hintergrunde
An einemfort den Tod die Sense wetzen!

Eduard Moerike 1828

A Doctor's Advice

Of what use all their whining and ranting,
They always manage to slink away!
They should look for honest company,
And dance and enjoy raucous music.

Ah! Have I not wanted such pleasant hours
To revel in song and the sound of violins?
But in the a deep background I keep hearing
A Reaper, constantly whetting his scythe.  

Translation: Charles. L. Cingolani        Copyright © 2013
. . . Here again, Moerike facing a serious question with humor . . .
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