Translation Singable translation by Paul England

Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): DUT ITA
Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh;
wie dies stirbt, 
so stirbt er auch;
und haben alle einerlei Odem;
und der Mensch hat nichts mehr denn das Vieh:
denn es ist alles eitel.

Es fährt alles an einen Ort;
es ist alles von Staub gemacht,
und wird wieder zu Staub.
Wer weiß, ob der Geist des Menschen aufwärts fahre,
und der Odem des Viehes unterwärts 
unter die Erde fahre?

Darum sahe ich, daß nichts bessers ist,
denn  daß der Mensch fröhlich sei in seiner Arbeit,
denn das  ist sein Teil.
Denn wer will ihn dahin  bringen,
daß er sehe, was nach ihm geschehen wird?

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Paul England)
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Frieda Boutarel) (Amédée Boutarel)
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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One thing befalleth the beasts and the...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
One thing befalleth the beasts and the sons of men;
The beast must die, 
the man dieth also, yea, both must die;1
To beast and man one breath is given,
And the man is not above the beast;
For all things are but vanity.

They go all to the self same place,
For they all are of the dust, 
and to dust they return.
Who knoweth if a man's spirit goeth upwards?
And who knoweth if the spirit of the beast 
goeth downward to the earth?

Therefore I perceive that there is nothing better
Than that a man should rejoice in his own works,
For that is his portion.
For who shall ever show him, 
who shall show him what will happen after him?

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1 While Brahms simply repeated the German text, the translator modified the English the second time around.

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Text added to the website: 2014-10-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-10-06 09:48:56
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