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Ach, was wird uns hier bereitet?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach, was wird uns hier bereitet?
Bett und Lager unter Bäumen
Grünes Dunkel, trocknes Laub
wenig Sonne, feuchter Duft
Ach was wird uns hier bereitet
Wohin treibt uns das Verlangen
Dies erwirken? dies verlieren?
Sinnlos trinken wir die Asche
und ersticken unsern Vater
Wohin treibt uns das Verlangen

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ah, que nous prépare-t-on ?", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-02-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:28
Line count: 10
Word count: 48

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Ah, que nous prépare‑t‑on ?

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

Ah, que nous prépare-t-on ?
Un lit et une couche sous les arbres,
obscurité verte, feuilles sèches,
peu de soleil, air humide.
Ah, que nous prépare-t-on ?

Où nous porte le désir ?
Obtenir ceci ? perdre cela ?
Stupidement nous buvons des cendres
et étouffons notre père.
Où nous porte le désir ?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Křenek. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-12-27.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:11:55
Line count: 10
Word count: 54