by Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773 - 1853)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Wie schnell verschwindet
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA TUR
Wie schnell verschwindet
So Licht als Glanz,
Der Morgen findet
Verwelkt den Kranz,

Der gestern glühte
In aller Pracht,
Denn er verblühte
In dunkler Nacht.

Es schwimmt die Welle
Des Lebens hin,
Und färbt sich helle,
Hat's nicht Gewinn;

Die Sonne neiget,
Die Röte flieht,
Der Schatten steiget
Und Dunkel zieht.

So schwimmt die Liebe
Zu Wüsten ab,
Ach, daß sie bliebe
Bis an das Grab!

Doch wir erwachen
Zu tiefer Qual:
Es bricht der Nachen,
Es löscht der Strahl,

Vom schönen Lande
Weit weggebracht
Zum öden Strande,
Wo um uns Nacht.

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hoe snel verdwijnen nu licht en glans", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Come scompaiono rapidi", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • TUR Turkish (Türkçe) (Gül Sabar) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
Line count: 28
Word count: 92

How quickly disappear
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
How quickly disappear
Light and radiance;
The morning finds
A withered garland,

That only yesterday glowed
In all its splendor.
For it has faded
In the dark night.

Like a wave does
Life drift away,
As bright as it has painted itself:
It has gained nothing;

The sun sets,
The redness flees,
The shadows climb,
And darkness draws in.

So love floats
Into the wastelands,
Ah, would that it might remain
Until the grave!

Yet we awake
To deep pain:
The skiff breaks,
The light is extinguished.

From the beautiful land
We are brought far away,
To a desolate shore
Where night surrounds us.

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Translations of titles
"Wie schnell verschwindet" = "How quickly disappear"
"Trauer" = "Grief"


Authorship

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

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2016-10-24 13:21:07
Line count: 28
Word count: 104