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Ach, was ist Leben doch so schwer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach, was ist Leben doch so schwer,
[Wenn]1, was Du lieb hast, ist nicht mehr!
Aber sei still!
Weil Gott es will.
Ach, was ist Sterben doch so schwer,
[Wenn]1, was Du lieb hast, weint umher.
Aber sei still!
Weil Gott es will.
Ach, Leben, Sterben wär' nicht schwer,
Wenn unser Herz nur stille wär'!
Darum sei still!
Weil Gott es will.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Zwei Menschenalter. Erinnerungen und Briefe, herausgegeben von Adelheid von Schorn, Berlin: S. Fischer Verlag, 1901, page 19

1 Liszt: "Wann"

Submitted by Virginia Knight and Sharon Krebs [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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Be still", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-08-27 21:52:14
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Ah, how hard it is to live

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Ah, how hard it is to live,
When those you love are no longer there!
But be still!
Because God wills it.
Ah, how hard it is to die,
When those you love are weeping all about you.
But be still!
Because God wills it.
Ah, living and dying would not be difficult
If our heart could only be still!
Therefore, be still!
Because God wills it.

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Translation of title "Sei stille" = "Be still"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 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: 2011-05-01.
Last modified: 2016-08-27 21:54:14
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