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Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Latin

Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh;
wie dies stirbt, 
so stirbt er auch;
und haben alle einerlei Odem;
und der Mensch hat nichts mehr denn das Vieh:
denn es ist alles eitel.

Es fährt alles an einen Ort;
es ist alles von Staub gemacht,
und wird wieder zu Staub.
Wer weiß, ob der Geist des Menschen aufwärts fahre,
und der Odem des Viehes unterwärts 
unter die Erde fahre?

Darum sahe ich, daß nichts bessers ist,
denn  daß der Mensch fröhlich sei in seiner Arbeit,
denn das  ist sein Teil.
Denn wer will ihn dahin  bringen,
daß er sehe, was nach ihm geschehen wird?

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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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)

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Paul England)
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Frieda Boutarel) (Amédée Boutarel)
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-10-12 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-07-07 17:33:24

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Word count: 105

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Homme et bêtes ont donc un sort pareil

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Homme et bêtes ont donc un sort pareil:
Comme elles, il meurt; 
comme elles meurt l’homme, d’un sort pareil; 1
Et tous les deux, ils ont même souffle;
L’homme n’a, lui, de plus quelles, rien:
Au monde, tout est vanité.

Tout s’en va vers le même lieu;
De poussière chaque homme est fait, 
et poussière il devient.
Qui sait, quand l’esprit de l’homme haut s’élève,
Si le souffle des bêtes glisse en bas, 
glisse et se perd sous terre?

J’ai par là compris que le mieux, pour nous,
C’est d’être heureux en accomplissant nos tâches,
C’est là notre lot.
Car, qui peut rejoindre l’homme, 
pour lui dire ce qu’on fait après sa mort?

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1 While Brahms simply repeated the German text, the translators modified the French the second time around.

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Text added to the website: 2014-10-06 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-10-06 09:48:28

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Word count: 113