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Es wandelt, was wir schauen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es wandelt, was wir schauen,
Tag sinkt ins Abendrot,
Die Lust hat eignes Grauen,
Und alles hat den Tod.

Ins Leben schleicht das Leiden
Sich [heimlich]1 wie ein Dieb,
Wir alle müssen scheiden
Von allem, was uns lieb.

Was gäb' es doch auf Erden,
Wer hielt' den Jammer aus,
Wer möcht' geboren werden,
Hielt'st Du nicht droben Haus!

Du bist's, der, was wir bauen,
Mild über uns zerbricht,
Daß wir den Himmel schauen -
Darum so klag' ich nicht.

Translation(s): FRE

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A. Berg sets stanzas 1-2
E. Smyth sets stanzas 1-2

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1 Berg: "leise"

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ce que nous voyons change", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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