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Es reden und träumen die Menschen viel

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es reden und träumen die Menschen viel
Von bessern künftigen Tagen,
Nach einem glücklichen goldenen Ziel
Sieht man sie rennen und jagen.
Die Welt wird alt und [wird]1 wieder jung,
Doch der Mensch hofft immer Verbesserung!

Die Hoffnung führt ihn ins Leben ein,
Sie umflattert den fröhlichen Knaben,
Den Jüngling [begeistert]2 ihr Zauberschein,
Sie wird mit dem Greis nicht begraben,
Denn beschließt er im Grabe den müden Lauf,
Noch am Grabe pflanzt er - die Hoffnung auf.

Es ist kein [leerer]3 schmeichelnder Wahn,
Erzeugt im Gehirne des Thoren.
Im Herzen kündet es laut sich an,
Zu was besserm sind wir gebohren,
Und was die innere Stimme spricht,
Das täuscht die hoffende Seele nicht.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Erster Theil, Leipzig, 1800, bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, page 205; and with Die Horen, Jahrgang 1797, Zehntes Stück. Tübingen in der J.G. Cottaischen Buchhandlung 1797, page 107.

1 omitted by Schubert in D. 251
2 Schubert (D. 251, Alte Gesamtausgabe): "lockt"
3 Schubert (D. 637): "leerer, kein"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hoop", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Hope", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Toivo", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Espoir", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Speranza", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-03-07 06:26:36

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Els homes parlen i somien molt

Language: Catalan (Català) after the German (Deutsch)

Els homes parlen i somien molt
de dies millors que vindran;
vers un venturós i daurat objectiu
se’ls veu córrer i maldar.
El món envelleix i torna a rejovenir-se
però l’home espera sempre el millorament.

L’esperança l’inicia a la vida,
ella esvoleteja al voltant del noiet,
el seu màgic esclat engresca el jovencell,
no és enterrada amb el vell, car encara
que al sepulcre finalitzi el seu fatigós camí,
fins i tot allà ell hi sembra – l’esperança.

No és una vàcua, falaguera quimera
generada a la ment d’un foll.
Ella proclama al cor en veu alta:
“Hem nascut per quelcom millor!”
I el que diu la veu interior,
no enganya mai l’ànima que espera.

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Translation of title "Hoffnung" = "L’esperança"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), "Hoffnung", written 1797, first published 1797 DUT ENG FIN FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joh. W. Merkens van Gendt, Karl Friedrich Ludwig Hellwig, Armin Knab, Conradin Kreutzer, Nikolaus, Freiherr von Krufft, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Franz Peter Schubert, Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, Friedrich Siewert, Carl Steinacker, Wenzel Heinrich Veit. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-03-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-03-03 16:01:10

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