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O Menschheit ‑ o Leben!

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Menschheit - o Leben! -
Was soll's - o was soll's?!
Grabe aus - scharre zu!
Tag und Nacht keine Ruh! -
Das [Drängen, das Treiben]1 -
Wohin! - o wohin?! - -
»Ins Grab - tief hinab!« -

O Schicksal - o traurige Pflicht -
Ich trag's länger nicht! -
Wann wirst du mir schlagen,
O Stunde der Ruh?! -
O Tod! komm und drücke
Die Augen mir zu! - -
Im Leben, da [ist es]2 so schwül! -
Im Grabe - so friedlich, so kühl!
Doch ach, wer legt mich hinein? -
Ich [steh]3 allein! so ganz allein!! -

Von allen verlassen
Dem Tod nur verwandt,
Verweil' ich am Rande -
Das Kreuz in der Hand,
Und starre mit sehnendem Blick,
Hinab - ins tiefe Grab! -

O Heimath des Friedens,
Der Seligen Land!
An dich knüpft die Seele
Ein magisches Band. -
Du winkst mir von ferne
Du ewiges Licht: -
Es schwinden die Sterne -
Das Auge schon bricht! - -
Ich sinke - ich sinke! - Ihr Lieben -
     Ich komme! - - -


Translation(s): DUT ENG FIN FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Poetische Betrachtungen in freyen Stunden von Nicolaus. Mit einer Vorrede und einem einleitenden Gedichte begleitet von Friedrich von Schlegel. Wien. Gedruckt und im Verlage bey Carl Gerold. 1828, pages 59-60.

Note: Schubert received Craigher's poem in handwritten form. Craigher issued it later in the book mentioned above.

1 Schubert: "Treiben, das Drängen"
2 Schubert: "ist's ach"
3 Schubert: "stehe"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Milla Valkeasuo) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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O mensheid, o leven!

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

O mensheid, o leven! 
waartoe? o, waartoe?
Graaf maar uit, gooi maar op! 
Dag en nacht niet gestopt!
Dat dringen, dat drijven, 
waarheen, o waarheen?
"Naar 't graf, naar 't graf, daal maar af!"

O noodlot, o plicht vol verdriet,
Ik hou 't langer niet!
Wanneer is het míjn beurt, 
ik ben al zo moe!
O dood, kom en druk mij 
de ogen maar toe!
Het leven, dat is, ach, zo 'n hel, ach, zo 'n poel!
Het graf, dat is vredig, zo koel!
Maar ach! wie legt mij daarin?
Ik sta hier alleen, totaal alleen!

Van allen verlaten, 
de dood slechts verwant,
Sta ik op het randje, 
het kruis in de hand,
En staar met verlangende blik omlaag
Het graf in, het graf in, graag!

O wereld van vrede, 
der zaligen land,
Jij trekt aan mijn ziel met 
een magische band.
Jij wenkt mij van verrre, 
jij eeuwig mooi licht,
Reeds wijken de sterren, 
mijn ogen gaan dicht,
- Ik zink nu, ik zink nu! Geliefden, 
ik kom al, ik kom!


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Note: this is a translation of Schubert's version.

Translation of title "Totengräbers Heimwehe" = "Het heimwee van de grafdelver"

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Text added to the website: 2006-12-11.
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