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Ach, was soll der Mensch verlangen?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach, was soll der Mensch verlangen?
Ist es besser, ruhig bleiben?
Klammernd fest sich anzuhangen?
Ist es besser, sich zu treiben?

Soll er sich ein Häuschen bauen?
Soll er unter Zelten leben?
Soll er auf die Felsen trauen?
Selbst die festen Felsen beben.

Eines schickt sich nicht für alle;
Sehe jeder, wie er's treibe,
Sehe jeder, wo er bleibe,
Und wer steht, daß er nicht falle!


Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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J. Kelz sets stanza 3 only

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Submitted by Emily Ezust

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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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Reflection", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Résolution", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Riflessione", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Reflection

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Ah, what should Man desire?
Is it better to remain silent,
clinging tightly to hang on?
Is it better to carry on?

Should he build himself a house?
Should he live in tents?
Should he trust the rocks?
For even firm rock can tremble.

But one thing does not suit everyone;
each should see what he can do -
each see where he should stay;
and he who stands will not fall!


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

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