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keberoxu German: Frau Musika / Krokodil (9) RE: German: Frau Musika / Krokodil 10 Jun 19


This English translation will match more closely to
Geibel's original German.
The English has been fitted to
the same music, arranged for men's four-part chorus,
as used for the German text.


O TEMPORA! O MORES!

English translation attributed to "E. D. R."

There went a fiddler marching,
A-marching on the Nile,
O tempora! O mores!
There crept from out the water
A monstrous crocodile;
O tempora! O mores!
And as it fain would swallow him,
Such teeth you never saw!
Fa- la- la- la!
O tempo, tempo-ra!
To thee be praise
For endless days,
Dame Mu- si- ca.

Then up the fiddler took at once
His cunning bow with care,
O tempora! O mores!
And from his ancient fiddle drew
Such tones of music rare;
O tempora! O mores!
Allegro, dolce, presto,
Such tunes you never saw!
Fa- la- la- la!
O tempo, tempo-ra!
To thee be praise
For endless days,
Dame Mu- si- ca.

And when the fiddle sounded
Beneath his skillful hands,
O tempora! O mores!
The crocodile began to dance
Upon the desert sands.
O tempora! O mores!
Quadrilles, gavottes and waltzes,
Such steps you never saw!
Fa- la- la- la!
O tempo, tempo -ra!
To thee be praise
For endless days,
Dame Mu- si- ca.

And now this song is ended,
The moral's near to seek,
O tempora! O mores!
It is not well to spend your time
Alone in learning Greek.
O tempora! O mores!
But learn at once to fiddle,
Such sport you never saw!
Fa -la -la -la!
O tempo, tempo- ra!
To thee be praise
For endless days,
Dame Mu- si- ca.

   -- from The Laurel Song Book for Advanced Classes in Schools, Academies, Choral Societies, etc., ed. by W. L. Tomlins, Boston: C. C. Birchard & Co., 1921, page 65.


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