Composed for perfomance by Bach's Collegium at Zimmerman's Coffee House,
Leipzip, between 1732 & 1734
Recitative Narrator Be quiet, stop chattering, and pay attention to what's taking place: here comes Herr Schlendrian with his daughter Lieschen; he's growling like a honey bear. Hear for yourselves, what she has done to him! Aria Schlendrian Don't one's children cause one endless trials & tribulations! What I say each day to my daughter Lieschen falls on stony ground. Recitative Schlendrian You wicked child, you disobedient girl, oh! when will I get my way; give up coffee! Lieschen Father, don't be so severe! If I can't drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment I will shrivel up like a piece of roast goat. Aria Lieschen Mm! how sweet the coffee tastes, more delicious than a thousand kisses, mellower than muscatel wine. Coffee, coffee I must have, and if someone wishes to give me a treat, ah, then pour me out some coffee! Recitative Schlendrian If you don't give up drinking coffee then you shan't go to any wedding feast, nor go out walking. oh! when will I get my way; give up coffee! Lieschen Oh well! Just leave me my coffee! Schlendrian Now I've got the little minx! I won't get you a whalebone skirt in the latest fashion. Lieschen I can easily live with that. Schlendrian You're not to stand at the window and watch people pass by! Lieschen That as well, only I beg of you, leave me my coffee! Schlendrian Furthermore, you shan't be getting any silver or gold ribbon for your bonnet from me! Lieschen Yes, yes! only leave me to my pleasure! Schlendrian You disobedient Lieschen you, so you go along with it all! Aria Schlendrian Hard-hearted girls are not so easily won over. Yet if one finds their weak spot, ah! then one comes away successful. Recitative Schlendrian Now take heed what your father says! Lieschen In everything but the coffee. Schlendrian Well then, you'll have to resign yourself to never taking a husband. Lieschen Oh yes! Father, a husband! Schlendrian I swear it won't happen. Lieschen Until I can forgo coffee? From now on, coffee, remain forever untouched! Father, listen, I won't drink any Schlendrian Then you shall have a husband at last! Aria Lieschen Today even dear father, see to it! Oh, a husband! Really, that suits me splendidly! If it could only happen soon that at last, before I go to bed, instead of coffee I were to get a proper lover! Recitative Narrator Old Schlendrian goes off to see if he can find a husband forthwith for his daughter Lieschen; but Leischen secretly lets it be known: no suitor is to come to my house unless he promises me, and it is also written into the marriage contract, that I will be permitted to make myself coffee whenever I want. Trio A cat won't stop from catching mice, and maidens remain faithful to their coffee. The mother holds her coffee dear, the grandmother drank it also, who can thus rebuke the daughters!