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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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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


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

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Résolution

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

Ah, que doit désirer l'homme ?
Vaut-il mieux rester tranquille ?
S'accrocher fermement ?
Vaut-il mieux s'agiter?

Doit-il se construire une maison ?
Doit-il vivre sous une tente ?
Doit-il se hasarder sur les rochers ?
Même les rocs les plus fermes tremblent.

Une même chose ne convient pas à tous ;
Vois comme chacun s'agite,
Vois où chacun se tient tranquille,
Et que celui qui est debout ne tombe pas !


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Text added to the website: 2011-07-07 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:27

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