Thursday, March 12, 2009

Goethe on Love and Drink

I heard Notre Dame's Glee Club preform last night at Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans. Very impressive. Very good. One of the songs was by Felix Mendelssohn called "Drinking Song". It was a quote from Goethe. The quote that Felix set to song is below.

As long as a man is sober, he finds bad things to his liking; when he has been drinking, then he knows what's right. But overindulgence is only a glass away; Hafiz, do teach me how you understand the matter. For my opinion is no exaggeration: a man who can't drink shouldn't fall in love. But you drinkers shouldn't boast of this; a man who can't fall in love shouldn't drink.

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