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In Memoriam

Language: German (Deutsch)

Und Menschen, welche sich begreifen,
sind einmal hier und einmal dort;
und müssen immer weiter schweifen
und haben keinen Heimatsort.

Sie treffen sich in seltnen Stunden
und blicken tief und zittern bang
und ziehen, wenn sie sich gefunden,
ein jeder seinen Weg entlang.

Und ein Gefühl ist im Verzichte
und eine Wohlfahrt im Verklingen!
Erinnerung wird zum Geleit.

Vielleicht verstricken sich im Lichte
der Menschenwege weite Schlingen
noch einmal in der Ewigkeit.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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 (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "In memoriam", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-08-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:30
Line count: 14
Word count: 72

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In memoriam

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

And people, who understand each other,
Are sometimes here and sometimes there;
And must ever drift onward
And have no place to call home.
The meet in rare hours
And gaze deeply and tremble anxiously
And wander, when they have found each other,
Each along his own pathway.
And there is an emotion in renunciation
And a weal in the dying away!
Memory becomes a companion.
Perhaps the broad loops of human pathways
Shall knit themselves together in the light,
One day in eternity.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Benno Geiger (1882 - 1965)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ella Ada´ewsky. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-12-13.
Last modified: 2015-12-13 21:58:21
Line count: 14
Word count: 84