by Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim (1719 - 1803)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Der Greis
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE SPA
Hin ist alle meine Kraft!
Alt und schwach bin ich;
Wenig nur erquicket mich
Scherz und Rebensaft!

Hin ist alle meine Zier!
Meiner Wangen Roth
Ist hinweggeflohn! Der Tod
Klopft an meine Thür!

Unerschreckt mach' ich ihm auf;
Himmel, habe Dank:
Ein harmonischer Gesang
War mein Lebenslauf!

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , title 1: "El anciano", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le vieillard", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (J. Gompertz) , published 1814


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Le vieillard
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Toute ma force est partie !
Je suis vieux et faible ;
Peu de choses peuvent me rafraîchir,
Les plaisanteries et le jus de la vigne !

Toute ma force est partie !
Le rouge de mes joues
S'est envolé ! La mort
Frappe à ma porte !

Sans peur je la laisse entrer ;
Ciel, sois remercié :
Un chant harmonieux
Était le cours de ma vie !

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2014 by Guy Laffaille, (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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