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The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive

Lob des Leidens

Language: German

O, schmäht des Lebens Leiden nicht!
Seht ihr die Blätter, wenn sie sterben, 
Sich in des Herbstes goldenem Licht
Nicht reicher, als im Frühling färben?
Was gleicht der Blüte des Vergehens
Im Hauche des Oktoberwehens?

Krystallner als die klarste Flut
Erglänzt des Auges Tränenquelle, 
Tief dunkler flammt die Abendglut, 
Als hoch am Tag die Sonnenhelle, 
Und keiner kußt so heissen Kuß, 
Als wer für ewig scheiden muß.



Translation(s): ENG SPA FRE ITA

Submitted by Peter Duyster

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "In praise of sorrow", copyright ©
    * SPA Spanish (Alfredo García) , "Elogio del pesar", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , "Éloge de la souffrance", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Elogio del dolore", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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