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Jugend, du große, lüsterne, liebende!

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Jugend, du große, [lüsterne]1, liebende! --
Jugend voll Anmut -- Jugend voll Kraft und Zauber!
Weißt du, daß das Alter nach dir kommt?
Daß es kommen kann mit [gleicher Anmut]2, gleicher Kraft und gleichem Zauber?

Du vollerblühter glänzender Tag! --
Tag der Sonne, Tag des Lachens, Tag [des Ehrgeizes]3, Tag der Taten!
Die Nacht kommt schnell mit Millionen [Sonnen]4,
  mit Schlaf und [mit]2 süßem Dunkel!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Copied from Die Lyrik des Auslandes in neuerer Zeit, ed. Hans Bethge, Leipzig: Max Hesses Verlag, 1907, pages 16-17.
1 Marx: "sehnende"
2 omitted by Marx
3 Marx: "der Liebe"
4 Marx: "Sternen"

Submitted by Barbara Miller and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Youth, Day, Old Age and Night", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Jeunesse et vieillesse", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-01-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:23
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Word count: 62

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Youth, Day, Old Age and Night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Youth, you great one, [lusty]1 one, loving one! -- 
Youth full of grace -- youth full of strength and enchantment!
Do you know that age comes after you?
That it can come with the [same grace]2, the same strength and the same enchantment?

You full-blown glowing day! --
Day of sunshine, day of laughter, day of [ambition]3, day of deeds!
The night comes quickly with millions of [suns]4,
  with sleep and [with]2 sweet darkness!

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Title for Marx's setting: "Youth and Old Age"
1 Marx: "longing"
2 omitted by Marx
3 Marx: "love"
4 Marx: "stars"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Federn (1868 - 1943), "Jugend, Tag, Alter und Nacht" FRE FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joseph Marx. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2012-08-03.
Last modified: 2018-01-06 16:16:48
Line count: 8
Word count: 71