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from Act I of the German opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Christoph Friedrich Bretzner

Role: Osmin, custodian of the Pasha's country house
Voice Part: bass       Fach: heavy bass
Setting: the seaside country estate of Pasha Selim
Synopsis: Osmin sings a song while picking figs, not realizing that Belmonte is watching. His song advises the listener to reward your love with kisses and make her life great. It also advises the young lover to lock up your woman's other lovers, lest they tempt her to forget her faithfulness.
Range: Tessitura:
G2 - D4D3 - D4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Wer ein Liebchen, Osmin's lied from Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden,		He who has found a sweetheart
Die es treu und redlich meint,		true and faithful to him
Lohn' es ihr durch tausend Küsse,	should reward her with a thousand kisses
Mach' ihr all das Leben süsse,		and sweeten her whole life,
Sei ihr Tröster, sei ihr Freund.	be her comfort and her friend.
Tralallera, tralallera!			Tralallera, tralallera!

Doch sie treu sich zu erhalten,		But to keep her faithful, let him
Schliess er Liebchen sorglich ein;	carefully lock his sweetheart in;
Denn die losen Dinger haschen		for the flighty creatures snatch
Jeden Schmetterling, und naschen	at every butterfly, and sip
Gar zu gern vom fremden Wein.		all too gladly at others' wine.
Tralallera, tralallera!			Tralallera, tralallera!

Sonderlich beim Mondenscheine,		Above all when the moon is shining,
Freunde, nehmt sie wohl in acht!	friends, keep a watchful eye on her!
Oft lauscht da ein junges Herrchen,	Some fine young gentleman is often lurking,
Kirrt und lockt das kleine Närrchen,	luring and tempting the silly girl,
Und dann, Treue, gute Nacht!		and then good night to fidelity!
Tralallera, tralallera!			Tralallera, tralallera!

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (
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