by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Der Mensch lebt und bestehet
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN FRE
Der Mensch lebt und bestehet
Nur eine [kleine]1 Zeit;
Und alle Welt vergehet
Mit ihrer Herrlichkeit.
[Es ist nur Einer ewig]2 und an allen Enden,
Und wir in Seinen Händen.

Und der ist allwißend.
Erstes Chor. Halleluja!
Und der ist heilig.
Zweites Chor. Halleluja!
Und der ist allmächtig.
Drittes Chor. Halleluja!
[Und ist]3 barmherzig.

Alle Chöre.
Ist barmherzig   --   Hallelujah! Amen! 
[Hallelujah ewig ewig ewig seinem Namen!
Ist barmherzig   --   Hallelujah! Amen!]4

M. Reger sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Matthias Claudius Werke, Erster Band, Vierter Theil, Original - Ausgabe, Gotha: Friedrich Andreas Perthes, 1871, page 1.

1 Gaugler: "kurze"; further changes may exist not noted above.
2 Nægeli: "Nur Einer, der ist ewig"
3 Nægeli: "Ist"
4 Nægeli: "Ehre seinem großen Namen!/ Hallelujah! Amen!


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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Mankind lives and thrives", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Melanie Trumbull

Text added to the website: 2004-06-12 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-06-03 14:37:45
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Word count: 70

Mankind lives and thrives
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Mankind lives and thrives
Only a short while.
The whole world shall pass away
With all its splendours.
Only One is eternal and omnipresent,
And we are in His hands,
And He is all-knowing, Hallelujah!
And He is holy, Hallelujah!
And He is omnipotent, Hallelujah!
[He] is merciful.
Hallelujah! Amen, Amen! Hallelujah! Amen!
Amen! Amen!
Glory be to His great name!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen! Amen!

Schoeck's title in English: "Maxim"


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Text added to the website: 2011-05-19 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:23
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Word count: 65