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Ein Traum, ein Traum ist unser Leben

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein Traum, ein Traum ist unser Leben
auf Erden hier.
Wie Schatten auf den Wogen schweben
und schwinden wir.
Und messen unsre trägen [Tritte]1
nach Raum und Zeit.
Und sind - [und]2 wissen's nicht - in [Mitte
der]3 Ewigkeit.

Translation(s): ENG ITA

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1 Swienty, Zilcher: "Schritte"
2 Zilcher: "wir"
3 omitted by Swienty.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]


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:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Our life is but a dream, and dreaming", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ITA ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sogno, soltanto sogno è l'esistenza", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2019-03-16 14:29:29

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Word count: 39

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Our life is but a dream, and dreaming

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Our life is but a dream, and dreaming
we live down here.
Like shadows on the swell we're streaming
and disappear.
And measure our laboured striding
by time and space,
not knowing that we e'er abide in

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Submitted by Bertram Kottmann


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803) ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ferenc Farkas, Ernst Pepping, Claus Swienty, Felix Wolfes, Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2007-12-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-12-27 10:20:40

Line count: 8
Word count: 38