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Laß ruh'n die Toten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es [ragt]1 ein altes Gemäuer
Hervor aus Waldesnacht,
Wohl standen Klöster und Burgen
Einst dort in herrlicher Pracht.
 
Es liegen im kühlen Grunde
Behauene Steine gereiht;
Dort schlummern die [Frommen]2, die Starken,
Die Mächt'gen der alten Zeit.
 
Was kommst du [bei]3 nächtlicher Weile
Durchwühlen das alte Gestein?
Und [förderst herauf]4 aus den Gräbern --
Nur Staub und Totengebein.
 
Unmächtger Sohn der Stunde,
Das ist der Zeiten Lauf,
Laß ruhn, laß ruhn die Toten,
Du weckst sie mit Klagen nicht auf.


Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "steht"
2 Strauss: "Frauen"
3 omitted by Strauss
4 Strauss: "fordest hervor"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Laisse reposer les morts", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Let the dead rest", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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