by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825 - 1898)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE IRI
Bemeßt den Schritt! Bemeßt den Schwung!
Die Erde bleibt noch lange jung!
Dort fällt ein Korn, das stirbt und ruht.
Die Ruh ist süß. Es hat es gut.
Hier eins, das durch die Scholle bricht,
Es hat es gut. Süß ist das Licht.
Und keines fällt aus dieser Welt
Und jedes fällt, wie's Gott gefällt.


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 (Emily Ezust) , "Sower's saying", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Paroles de semeur", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Nath an tSíoladóra", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 55

Sower's saying
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Measure your stride! Measure your sweep!
 The earth will remain young for a long time yet!
 There a grain falls, dead and at rest.
 Rest is sweet and good for it.
 Here is one that has broken through the earth.
 It is good for it. Sweet is the light.
 And not one falls from this world;
 and each one falls as God desires.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 64