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O Menschheit ‑ o Leben!

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Menschheit - o Leben! -
Was soll's - o was soll's?!
Grabe aus - scharre zu!
Tag und Nacht keine Ruh! -
Das [Drängen, das Treiben]1 -
Wohin! - o wohin?! - -
»Ins Grab - tief hinab!« -

O Schicksal - o traurige Pflicht -
Ich trag's länger nicht! -
Wann wirst du mir schlagen,
O Stunde der Ruh?! -
O Tod! komm und drücke
Die Augen mir zu! - -
Im Leben, da [ist es]2 so schwül! -
Im Grabe - so friedlich, so kühl!
Doch ach, wer legt mich hinein? -
Ich [steh]3 allein! so ganz allein!! -

Von allen verlassen
Dem Tod nur verwandt,
Verweil' ich am Rande -
Das Kreuz in der Hand,
Und starre mit sehnendem Blick,
Hinab - ins tiefe Grab! -

O Heimath des Friedens,
Der Seligen Land!
An dich knüpft die Seele
Ein magisches Band. -
Du winkst mir von ferne
Du ewiges Licht: -
Es schwinden die Sterne -
Das Auge schon bricht! - -
Ich sinke - ich sinke! - Ihr Lieben -
     Ich komme! - - -

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Poetische Betrachtungen in freyen Stunden von Nicolaus. Mit einer Vorrede und einem einleitenden Gedichte begleitet von Friedrich von Schlegel. Wien. Gedruckt und im Verlage bey Carl Gerold. 1828, pages 59-60.

Note: Schubert received Craigher's poem in handwritten form. Craigher issued it later in the book mentioned above.

1 Schubert: "Treiben, das Drängen"
2 Schubert: "ist's ach"
3 Schubert: "stehe"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Milla Valkeasuo) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Ô humanité, ô vie !

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Ô humanité, ô vie ! 
à quoi bon ? à quoi bon ?
Creuse, enfouis ! 
Jour et nuit pas de repos !
L'obsession, l'activité , 
vers où ? oh, vers où ?
"Dans la tombe, dans la tombe, bien au fond!"

Ô destin, ô triste devoir,
Je ne puis le supporter plus longtemps !
Quand sonneras-tu pour moi, 
ô heure du repos ?
Ô mort ! viens et presse 
mes yeux fermés !
Dans la vie, c'est, hélas ! si oppressant, hélas ! si oppressant !
Dans la tombe, c'est si paisible, si frais !
Mais hélas ! qui me conduira dedans ?
Je reste seul, tellement seul !

Abandonné de tous, 
avec la mort comme seule famille,
Je reste au bord, 
la croix à la main,
Et je fixe avec un regard impatient
Le fond, le fond de la tombe !

Ô terre de paix, 
ô terre bénie,
À toi l'âme est liée 
par un lien magique.
Tu me fais des signes de loin, 
toi lumière éternelle,
Les étoiles disparaissent, 
mes yeux déjà s'éteignent,
Je tombe, je tombe ! Vous que j'aime,
  j'arrive !

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Translation of title "Totengräbers Heimwehe" = "Nostalgie du fossoyeur"


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