Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Des Lebens Tag ist schwer und schwül
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Des Lebens Tag ist schwer und schwül;
Des Todes [Odem]1 leicht und kühl:
Er wehet freundlich uns hinab,
Wie welkes Laub ins stille Grab.

Es scheint der Mond, es fällt der Thau,
Aufs Grab, wie auf die Blumenau;
[Auch]2 fällt der Freunde Thrän' hinein,
Erhellt von sanfter Hoffnung Schein.

Uns [sammlet]3 alle, Klein und Groß,
Die [Muttererd']4 in ihren Schooß.
O sähn wir ihr ins Angesicht;
Wir scheuten ihren Busen nicht!

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Confirmed with Musen Almanach für 1782 Herausgegeben von Voß und Goeking. Hamburg bey Carl Ernst Bohn, page 11; with Gedichte der Brüder Ch. und F. L. Grafen zu Stolberg. Zweyter Theil. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1817. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 34-35; and with Gedichte der Brüder Christian und Friedrich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg. Erster Theil. Wien, 1821. Im Verlage bei J.B. Wallishausser. Hamburg, bei Perthes und Besser, page 265.

1 Stolberg (1817 edition), and Schubert: "Athem"
2 Stolberg (1821 edition): "Doch"
3 Schubert: "sammelt"
4 Stolberg (1821 edition): "Mutter Erd'"

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Moeder Aarde", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La mère Terre", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il giorno della vita ci opprime pesante", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-04-28 08:50:31
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Il giorno della vita ci opprime pesante
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Il giorno della vita ci opprime pesante,
il soffio della morte è leggero e fresco,
e in basso ci trascina, delicatamente,
dentro la muta tomba, come fogliame secco.

Splende la luna, cade la rugiada
sopra le tombe come sui prati in fiore;
Anche la lacrima di un'amico cade
che la dolce speranza sembra illuminare.

Torniamo tutti, piccoli o grandi,
nel grembo materno della terra scura;
Se solo la guardassimo più attenti
del suo abbraccio non avremmo paura.

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Text added to the website: 2010-03-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:37
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