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Ernste Stunde

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wer jetzt weint irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund weint in der Welt, 
weint über mich. 

Wer jetzt lacht irgendwo in der Nacht, 
ohne Grund lacht in der Nacht, 
lacht mich aus. 

Wer jetzt geht irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund geht in der Welt, 
geht zu mir. 

Wer jetzt stirbt irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund stirbt in der Welt: 
sieht mich an.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE FRE

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Solemn hour", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Heure grave", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-10-21 14:34:30
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Word count: 64

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Solemn hour

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Who now cries anywhere in the world,
causelessly cries in the world,
cries over me.

Who now laughs anywhere in the night,
causelessly laughs in the night,
laughs at me.

Who now walks anywhere in the world,
causelessly walks in the world,
walks to me.

Who now passes away anywhere in the world,
causelessly passes away in the world,
looks at me.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926), "Ernste Stunde", appears in Das Buch der Bilder, first published 1906 FRE FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Henk Badings, Max Kowalski, Arturo Milesi, Léon Orthel, Meinrad Schütter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-12-05.
Last modified: 2018-12-05 12:31:59
Line count: 12
Word count: 62