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Wie Blätter am Baum

Language: German (Deutsch)

 Wie Blätter am Baum,
 Wie Blumen vergeh'n -
 Wie Blütenflaum
 Die Winde verweh'n.

 So geht vorbei
 Des Lebens Mai
 Eh' wir's denken,
 Deckt das Grab,
 Was das Leben
 Liebes gab!

 Oh Schwester, tief beklagt!

 Wir werfen in dein frühes Grab
 Die Blumen betend still hinab.-

 Sei dir die Erde leicht!

 Der Erde geben wir zurück Dich,
 uns're Hoffnung, unser Glück.

 Schlumm're sanft!

 Schmerz ging mit uns ans Grab hinaus,
 Schmerz geht mit uns ins Trauerhaus!

 Ruh' sanft!

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-07-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:09
Line count: 28
Word count: 85

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How leaves upon trees

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 How leaves upon trees,
 How flowers decay
 How downy blossoms
 Are scattered by the wind,

 Thus passes
 Life's Maytime.
 Before we realize it,
 The grave covers
 The good and beautiful things
 Life gave us.

 Oh sister, deeply mourned!-

 We cast into your early grave
 Flowers prayerfully down.

 May the sod rest lightly upon you!

 We give you back to the earth,
 Our hope, our joy.

 Sleep softly!

 Pain walked with us out to the grave,
 Pain walks with us into the house of mourning!

 Rest softly! [Rest in peace]

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by Sharon Krebs, (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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Text added to the website: 2009-07-10.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:18
Line count: 28
Word count: 97