by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Auf den Tod eines Kindes
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Du kamst, Du gingst mit leiser Spur,
ein flücht'ger Gast im Erdenland;
woher? Wohin? Wir wissen nur:
Aus Gottes Hand in Gottes Hand.


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "On the death of a child", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Sur la mort d'un enfant", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-05-25
Line count: 4
Word count: 23

Sur la mort d'un enfant
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Tu arrivas, tu marchais d'un pas léger,
Hôte éphémère sur la terre;
Venant d'où, allant où? Nous savons juste ceci :
De la main de Dieu, dans la main de Dieu.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-11-08
Line count: 4
Word count: 31