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Einen vergänglichen Tag lebt' ich und wuchs mit den Meinen, Eins um's andere schon schläft mir und fliehet dahin. Doch ihr Schlafenden wacht am Herzen mir, in verwandter Seele ruhet von euch mir das entfliehende Bild. Und lebendiger lebt ihr dort, wo des göttlichen Geistes Freude die Alternden all, alle die Toten verjüngt.
Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin, Sämtliche Gedichte und Hyperion, Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 1999, page 279.
- by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843), "Die Entschlafenen" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Hans Erich Apostel (1901 - 1972), "Die Entschlafenen", op. 9 no. 5, published 1941 [low voice and orchestra], Wien: Universal-Edition, No. 11267 (Klavier-Auszug) [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Margarete Voigt-Schweikert (1887 - 1957), "Die Entschlafenen", 1923 [voice and piano], unpublished [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Lothar Windsperger (1885 - 1935), "Die Entschlafenen", op. 25 no. 4 (1922). [ sung text checked 1 time]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987), "Dämmerung", op. 70 no. 5 (1955), published 1956, first performed 1956 [SATB soli, mixed chorus (boys, SATB), and orchestra], from Lebenskreise, no. 5, Alkor Edition, Kassel
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The deceased", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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I lived an ephemeral day and grew up with mine own, One after another already sleeps and flees thither. But you sleeping ones are kept watchful near my heart, in my kindred Soul your fleeing image rests for me. And you remain even more alive there, where the divine spirit’s Joy makes all the aged, all the dead, young again.
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843), "Die Entschlafenen"
This text was added to the website: 2018-12-01
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