Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

O Tod, wie bitter bist du
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): DUT ITA SPA
O Tod, wie bitter bist du,
Wenn an dich gedenket ein Mensch,
Der gute Tage und genug hat
Und ohne Sorge lebet;
Und dem es wohl geht in allen Dingen
Und [noch wohl]1 essen mag!
O Tod, wie bitter bist du.

O Tod, wie wohl tust du dem Dürftigen,
Der da schwach und alt ist,
Der in allen Sorgen steckt,
Und nichts Bessers zu hoffen,
Noch zu erwarten hat!
O Tod, wie wohl tust du!

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Susana Martin Dudoignon) , copyright © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-12
Line count: 13
Word count: 75

O Morte, quanto sei amara
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
O Morte, quanto sei amara,
se a te pensa un uomo
che ha giorni sereni e possiede abbastanza
vivendo senza preoccupazioni;
e a cui tutte le cose vanno bene
e ancora può godere del cibo!
O Morte, quanto sei amara!
 
O Morte, quanto sei benigna al bisognoso,
che è debole e vecchio,
pieno di ogni sorta di preoccupazioni,
e non ha più niente da sperare
né da attendersi di meglio!
O Morte, quanto sei benigna!

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This text was added to the website: 2008-04-26
Line count: 13
Word count: 75