Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Warum? Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT FRE
Warum? Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen,
und das Leben den betrübten Herzen? Warum?
Die des Todes warten und kommt nicht,
und grüben ihn wohl aus dem Verborgenen;
die sich fast freuen und sind fröhlich,
daß sie das Grab bekommen. Warum?
Und dem Manne, deß Weg verborgen ist,
und Gott vor ihm den selben bedecket. Warum?

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

  • ENG English (Natalie Macfarren) , published 1879
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , Job 3:20-23, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Virginia Knight

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21
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Pourquoi la lumière est‑elle donnée à...
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Pourquoi la lumière est-elle donnée à ceux qui se complaisent dans le malheur,
et la vie à ceux qui ont le cœur attristé ?
Ceux qui attendent la mort qui ne vient pas,
Et qui creusent pour elle plus que pour des trésors cachés,
ceux qui se réjouissent et sont heureux
de trouver la tombe,
Et à l'homme dont le chemin est caché
et que Dieu protège devant lui.

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Text added to the website: 2011-03-08 00:00:00
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