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Nacht fließt in Tag und Tag in Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nacht fließt in Tag und Tag in Nacht,
Der Bach zum Strom, der Strom zum Meer -
In Tod zerrinnt des Lebens Pracht,
Und Tod zeugt Leben licht und hehr.

Und jeder Geist, der brünstig strebt,
Dringt wie ein Quell in alle Welt, --
Was du erlebst, hab' ich erlebt,
Was mich erhellt, hat dich erhellt.

All' sind wir eines Baums Getrieb,
Ob [Zweig, ob Ast]1, ob Mark, ob Blatt -
Gleich hat Natur uns Alle lieb,
Sie unser Aller Ruhestatt.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Schoenberg: "Ast, ob Zweig"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2014

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:31
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Night flows into day and day into night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Night flows into day and day into night,
The brook into the river, the river into the ocean;
The splendour of life melts away into death,
And death begets life, light and sublime.

And any soul that strives with ardor
Breaks out into all the world like a wellspring	--
What you underwent, I have undergone,
What enlightened me, enlightened you.

We are all part of one tree,
Whether twig or branch or pith or leaf --
Nature loves us all the same, [for]
she is the resting place of us all.

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Translation of titles:
"Natur" = "Nature"
"Alleins" = "The unity of all things" (with thanks to Bertram Kottmann for suggesting that "Alleins" could mean "Alles ist eins" (more literally, "All is a unity")


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Hart (1855 - 1906), "Alleins", written 1881
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): James Rothstein, Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg, Karl Weigl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-03-06.
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