"and if he hasn't a backside"

   From Goethe's poem Totality (1827), a musing on the inevitability of death and decay, from a collection of epigrams:


A well-bred gentleman in head and heart  

Is welcomed everywhere;  

He has, with his gentleman's wit so smart,  

 Caught women in his snare:


When fist and strength depart, alas,         

Who then shall sure defend him?  

 When bent with age and thin of ass,

How sits that noble, who once was trim?


Rhymed paraphrase by composer Gary Bachlund