by Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680 - 1747)
Translation © by Hayden Muhl

Die ihr aus dunklen Grüften
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG
Die ihr aus dunklen Grüften
Den eitlen Mammon grabt,
Seht, was ihr hier in Lüften
Für reiche Schätze habt.
Sprecht nicht, es ist nur Farb' und Schein,
Man zählt und schließt es nicht im Kasten ein.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Vosaltres, que des d'obscurs sepulcres", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Hayden Muhl) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-07-01
Line count: 6
Word count: 36

You who from dark tombs
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You who from dark tombs
dig up vain mammon,
see what you here in the air
have for treasures.
Speak not, it is only color and light,
one does not count it or shut it in chests.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-01-15
Line count: 6
Word count: 37