by Karl Federn (1868 - 1943)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Jugend, du große, lüsterne, liebende!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Jugend, du große, [lüsterne]1, liebende! --
Jugend voll Anmut -- Jugend voll Kraft und Zauber!
Weißt du, daß das Alter nach dir kommt?
Daß es kommen kann mit [gleicher Anmut]2, gleicher Kraft und gleichem Zauber?

Du vollerblühter glänzender Tag! --
Tag der Sonne, Tag des Lachens, Tag [des Ehrgeizes]3, Tag der Taten!
Die Nacht kommt schnell mit Millionen [Sonnen]4,
  mit Schlaf und [mit]2 süßem Dunkel!

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Copied from Die Lyrik des Auslandes in neuerer Zeit, ed. Hans Bethge, Leipzig: Max Hesses Verlag, 1907, pages 16-17.
1 Marx: "sehnende"
2 omitted by Marx
3 Marx: "der Liebe"
4 Marx: "Sternen"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Youth, Day, Old Age and Night", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Jeunesse et vieillesse", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Barbara Miller , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2011-01-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 62

Youth, Day, Old Age and Night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Youth, you great one, [lusty]1 one, loving one! -- 
Youth full of grace -- youth full of strength and enchantment!
Do you know that age comes after you?
That it can come with the [same grace]2, the same strength and the same enchantment?

You full-blown glowing day! --
Day of sunshine, day of laughter, day of [ambition]3, day of deeds!
The night comes quickly with millions of [suns]4,
  with sleep and [with]2 sweet darkness!

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Title for Marx's setting: "Youth and Old Age"
1 Marx: "longing"
2 omitted by Marx
3 Marx: "love"
4 Marx: "stars"


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This text was added to the website: 2012-08-03
Line count: 8
Word count: 71