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Here is a typical example of #Opitz' poetry (and of Baroque #poetry in general), written in the midst of the #ThirtyYearsWar.The poem's topic is #tedium caused by overstudy (which appears in #Goethe's Faust, too), combined with all the three main #Baroque 𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘰𝘪:
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1. 𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘴,
2. 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘱𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘮,
3. 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪.

The poem:

"
Ode

Ich empfinde fast ein Grawen
Daß ich / Plato / für vnd für
Bin gesessen über dir;
Es ist Zeit hinauß zu schawen /

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Vnd sich bey den frischen Quellen
In dem grünen zu ergehn /
Wo die schönen Blumen stehn /
Vnd die Fischer Netze stellen.

Worzu dienet das studieren
Als zu lauter Vngemach?
Vnter dessen laufft die Bach
Vnsers Lebens das wir führen /
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.. Ehe wir es inne werden /
Auff ihr letztes Ende hin /
Dann kömpt ohne Geist vnd Sinn
Dieses alles in die Erden

Hola / Junger / geh’ vnd frage
Wo der beste Trunck mag seyn /
Nimb den Krug / vnd fülle wein.
Alles Trawren / Leid vnd Klage
Wie wir Menschen täglich haben
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Eh’ vns #Clotho fort gerafft
Will ich in den süssen Safft
Den die Traube gibt vergraben.
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Kauffe gleichfals auch Melonen
Vnd vergieß deß #Zucker​s nicht;
Schawe nur daß nichts gebricht.
Jener mag der Heller schonen /
Der bey seinem #Gold’ vnd Schätzen
Tolle sich zu krencken pflegt /
Vnd nicht satt zu Bette legt:
Ich wil weil ich kann mich letzen.

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Bitte meine gute Brüder
Auff die Music vnd ein Glaß:
Kein ding schickt sich / dünckt mich / baß /
Als ein Trunck vnd gute Lieder.
Laß’ ich schon nicht viel zu erben /
Ey so hab ich edlen #Wein;
Wil mit andern lustig seyn /
Wann ich gleich allein muß sterben.
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My prose tr.:
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#Ode

I almost feel horrified, #Plato,
that I have sat for so long over your writings.
It is time to look outside and to amble about
near the fresh springs amidst the greenery
where the beautiful flowers stand and and
where the #fishermen cast their nets.

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What is studying good for
except for all sorts of inconvenience?
In the meantime, the brook of the #life we
are living is running on, [and] before we
notice it approaches its ultimate end.
Then, all this goes into the soil,
mindlessly and meaninglessly.

Hey, youngster, go
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and ask where the best drink may be [found].
Take the jug and pour the #wine. All the mourning,
suffering and complaining (which we humans always
experience) I want to bury within the sweet juice which
the grape gives [us], and before #Clotho carries us off

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Buy #melons, too, and don't forget the #sugar;
Just see to it that nothing is lacking.
He who uses to lose his mind at the sight
of his #gold and his treasures and who goes
to bed hungry, he may spare his pennies; I will
delect myself [simply] because I can.

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Please, my good brothers,
I think that to music and a glass,
nothing is more fitting than a drink and good songs.
If I don't leave much to my inheritors, well, I [still ]
have noble wine; I want to be happy with others, even
though I must die alone.

Remark. The word 'bass'..
.., more often spelled "baß", is an obsolete variant of 'besser' (=better).
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