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Translation © by Emily Ezust

Trachten will ich nicht auf Erden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG
Trachten will ich nicht auf Erden,
daß ich reich an Gütern werde
Was mich hier beglücken soll,
ist auf Gott gebautes Wohl.
Lust nach Geld kann bessre Freuden,
die uns Gott bestimmt, verleiden,
raubt der Tugend Lust und Kraft,
macht oft elend, lasterhaft.
Einst an meiner Lebensschranken
werd ich Gott zufrieden danken,
daß er mir bis an mein Grab
Nahrung nur und Decke gab.


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Streven wil ik niet op aarde", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I don't want to strive on earth", copyright © 2020

Researcher for this text: Pamela Narbona Jerez

This text was added to the website: 2009-03-24
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

I don't want to strive on earth
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I don't want to strive on earth
To be rich in possessions;
What should make me happy here
Is goodness founded upon God.

Desire for money can put us off from
the superior joys that God has ordained for us;
robbing pleasure and strength of virtue,
often making us wretched, dissolute.

One day, at the end of my life,
I will contentedly thank God
For giving me, up to my grave,
Only sustenance and shelter.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2020 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 75