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Heute, nur heute

Language: German (Deutsch)

Heute, nur heute 
bin ich so schön,
morgen, ach, morgen
muß alles vergeh'n!

Nur diese Stunden
bist du noch mein;
sterben, ach, sterben
soll ich allein.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Note: Reger SW lists this as "Dichter[in] unbekannt" (unknown poet)
Sometimes included in anthologies as "Lied des Harfenmädchens"

Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel


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):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Today, just for today", written 2011, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Aujourd'hui, juste aujourd'hui", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:51
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Word count: 26

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Today, just for today

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Today, just for today
you see me fair this way,
tomorrow, o tomorrow
will all this pass away.

For only this brief hour
are we in passing ours;
we die, o yes we die
alone as death devours.

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Rhymed paraphrase.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888), no title, appears in Immensee, in Da stand das Kind am Wege FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Gary Bachlund, Rudolph Bergh, Friedrich August Dressler, Robert Emmerich, Siegmund von Hausegger, Bertold Hummel, Eduard Lassen, W. J. Otto Lessmann, Robert Ludwig, Friedrich August Naubert, Max Puchat, Max Reger, Josef Schelb, Franz Schreker, Ernest Vietor. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Text added to the website: 2012-01-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:44
Line count: 8
Word count: 38