Translation © by Laura Prichard

Des Lebens Tag ist schwer und schwül
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Des Lebens Tag ist schwer und schwül;
Des Todes Odem leicht und kühl:
Er wehet freundlich uns hinab,
Wie welkes Laub ins stille Grab.

Es scheint der Mond, es fällt der Thau,
Aufs Grab, wie auf die Blumenau;
Auch fällt der Freunde Thrän' hinein,
Erhellt von sanfter Hoffnung Schein.

Uns sammlet alle, Klein und Groß,
Die Muttererd' in ihren Schooß.
O sähn wir ihr ins Angesicht;
Wir scheuten ihren Busen nicht!

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Confirmed with Musen Almanach für 1782 Herausgegeben von Voß und Goeking. Hamburg bey Carl Ernst Bohn, page 11; with Gedichte der Brüder Ch. und F. L. Grafen zu Stolberg. Zweyter Theil. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1817. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 34-35; and with Gedichte der Brüder Christian und Friedrich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg. Erster Theil. Wien, 1821. Im Verlage bei J.B. Wallishausser. Hamburg, bei Perthes und Besser, page 265.


Authorship

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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Moeder Aarde", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La mère Terre", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il giorno della vita ci opprime pesante", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 71

Life’s day is heavy and sultry
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Life’s day is heavy and sultry,
Death's breath is light and cool,
Wafting affably down to us,
As onto wilted leaves in the silent grave.

The moon shines, dew settles
On the grave as on the flowering meadow;
Even so fall friend’s tears,
Sparkling with gentle hope.

She gathers us all up, small and great,
Mother Earth, into her lap.
Oh, if we would just look her in the face,
We would not fear to rest in her bosom!

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Translation of title "Die Mutter Erde" = "Mother Earth"

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2015 by Laura Prichard, (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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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
Line count: 12
Word count: 79