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Der Mensch lebt und bestehet

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Mensch lebt und bestehet
Nur eine [kleine]1 Zeit;
Und alle Welt vergehet
Mit ihrer Herrlichkeit.
[Es ist nur Einer ewig]2 und an allen Enden,
Und wir in Seinen Händen.

Und der ist allwißend.
Erstes Chor. Halleluja!
Und der ist heilig.
Zweites Chor. Halleluja!
Und der ist allmächtig.
Drittes Chor. Halleluja!
[Und ist]3 barmherzig.

Alle Chöre.
Ist barmherzig   --   Hallelujah! Amen! 
[Hallelujah ewig ewig ewig seinem Namen!
Ist barmherzig   --   Hallelujah! Amen!]4

Translation(s): ENG FIN FRE

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M. Reger sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Matthias Claudius Werke, Erster Band, Vierter Theil, Original - Ausgabe, Gotha: Friedrich Andreas Perthes, 1871, page 1.

1 Gaugler: "kurze"; further changes may exist not noted above.
2 Nægeli: "Nur Einer, der ist ewig"
3 Nægeli: "Ist"
4 Nægeli: "Ehre seinem großen Namen!/ Hallelujah! Amen!

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Melanie Trumbull


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Mankind lives and thrives", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-06-12.
Last modified: 2017-06-03 14:37:45
Line count: 17
Word count: 70

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L'homme vit et dure

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

L'homme vit et dure
Seulement un petit instant ;
Et le monde entier disparaîtra
Avec sa splendeur.
Il n'y a qu'un Unique qui est éternel et partout
Et nous sommes entre ses mains.
Et il sait tout, Alléluia !
Et il est saint, Alléluia !
Il est miséricordieux.
Alléluia ! Amen, amen ! Alléluia ! Amen !
Amen ! Amen !
Gloire à son grand nom !
Alléluia !Alléluia ! Amen ! Amen !

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2016 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "Der Mensch lebt und bestehet" ENG FIN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Pierre Even, Theodor Gaugler, Robert Kahn, Hans Georg Nägeli, Max Reger, Othmar Schoeck. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-07-05.
Last modified: 2016-07-05 15:11:23
Line count: 13
Word count: 74