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Ballade des äußeren Lebens

Language: German (Deutsch)

Und Kinder wachsen auf mit tiefen Augen,
Die von nichts wissen, wachsen auf und sterben,
Und alle Menschen gehen ihre Wege.

Und süße Früchte werden aus den herben
Und fallen nachts wie tote Vögel nieder
Und liegen wenig Tage und verderben.

Und immer weht der Wind, und immer wieder
Vernehmen wir und reden viele Worte
Und spüren Lust und Müdigkeit der Glieder.

Und Straßen laufen durch das Gras, und Orte
Sind da und dort, voll Fackeln, Bäumen, Teichen,
Und drohende, und totenhaft verdorrte ...

Wozu sind diese aufgebaut? und gleichen
Einander nie? und sind unzählig viele?
Was wechselt Lachen, Weinen und Erbleichen?

Was frommt das alles uns und diese Spiele,
Die wir doch groß und ewig einsam sind
Und wandernd nimmer suchen irgend Ziele?

Was frommt's, dergleichen viel gesehen haben?
Und dennoch sagt der viel, der "Abend" sagt,
Ein Wort, daraus Tiefsinn und Trauer rinnt

Wie schwerer Honig aus den hohlen Waben.


Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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Submitted by Harry Joelson

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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):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Ballata della vita esteriore", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The ballad of external life", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Ballade de la vie extérieure", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2007-07-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:26
Line count: 22
Word count: 152

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Ballata della vita esteriore

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

E crescono bimbi con occhi profondi,
che nulla conoscono, crescono e muoiono,
e tutti gli uomini vanno per la loro strada.

E i frutti acerbi diventano dolci
e cadono a notte  come morti uccelli,
restano a terra per pochi giorni e marciscono.
 
E sempre il vento soffia, e di nuovo molte
parole ascoltiamo o diciamo
avvertendo la gioia o la stanchezza nel corpo.

E l'erba è attraversata da strade, per luoghi
diversi, con fuochi, alberi, stagni,
minacciosi talvolta, e mortalmente deserti...
 
A che tante cose? E tanto diverse?
E in numero grande?
Che cosa alterna il  riso al pallido pianto?

E  questa commedia a cosa ci giova?
A noi ormai adulti e soli in eterno
Che senza cercare una meta vaghiamo?
 
E aver visto tanto a cosa poi serve?
E tuttavia dice molto chi dice "Sera",
una parola da cui stilla una tristezza intensa

Simile a denso miele da favi profondi.


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Text added to the website: 2007-08-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:26
Line count: 22
Word count: 151