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Mit vierzig Jahren

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mit vierzig Jahren ist der Berg erstiegen,
Wir stehen still und schaun zurück;
Dort sehen wir der Kindheit stilles liegen
Und dort der Jugend lautes Glück.

Noch einmal schau', und dann gekräftigt weiter
Erhebe deinen Wanderstab!
Hindehnt ein Bergesrücken sich ein breiter
Und hier nicht, drüben gehts hinab.

Nicht athmend aufwärts brauchst du mehr zu steigen,
Die Ebene zieht von selbst dich fort;
Dann wird sie sich mit dir unmerklich neigen,
Und eh du's denkst, bist du im Port.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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First published in Deutscher Musenalmanach, 1883.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Authorship


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

  • by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "Mit vierzig Jahren", op. 94 (Fünf Lieder für 1 tiefe Stimme -- für 1 hohe Stimme mit Pianoforte) no. 1 (1883/4), published 1884 [low voice or high voice and piano], Berlin, Simrock [
     text verified 1 time
    ]

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "At forty years", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "A quarant'anni", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Met veertig jaren", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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A quarant'anni

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

A quarant'anni scalata è la montagna,
stiamo in silenzio e guardiamo indietro;
vediamo là l'infanzia tranquilla
là, invece, la gioia ardente della giovinezza.

Ancora uno sguardo, e poi fatti più forti
Riprendiamo  il bastone del viandante!
Qui si estende un vasto altipiano,
e poi, dall'altra parte, la discesa inizia.

Non devi più salire riprendendo fiato,
è la pianura stessa a spingerti avanti;
poi inizierà a declinare impercettibilmente,
e senza accorgertene giungerai in porto.


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Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2008 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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