by Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Spruch 1939
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
In den finsteren Zeiten wird da noch gesungen werden?
Ja! da wird gesungen werden von den finsteren Zeiten,
da wird gesungen werden, von den finstern Zeiten.


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

  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Proverb 1939", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Maxime 1939", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Maxime 1939
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Dans les temps des ténèbres,
Est-ce que l'on chantera encore ?
Oui, il y aura des chants
Sur les temps des ténèbres.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2013 by Guy Laffaille, (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: 2013-06-26
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Word count: 22