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Wie dies Gewürm aus unermess'nem Meer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie dies Gewürm aus unermess'nem Meer,
Taucht auch der Mensch aus deinem dunklen Schooß,
Unendlichkeit, und ahnet nicht, woher! --
So klimmt er auch auf seinen Erdenkloß,
Von Thränen feucht, und tastet um sich her,
Ob er ergreif' ein wenig Gras und Moos
Für seinen Mund, und er ergreift's so schwer! --
Der arme Mensch, wie trüb' ist doch sein Loos!
Er ahnet nichts und mühet sich so sehr,
Da kommt die Flut, da wird die Welle groß,
Und er versinket wiederum ins Meer! -- --

Translation(s): ENG 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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le ver à la mer", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The sea-serpent", copyright © 2015

Text added to the website: 2008-11-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
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