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Dreifach ist der Schritt der Zeit

Language: German

Dreifach ist der Schritt der Zeit:
Zögernd kommt die Zukunft hergezogen,
Pfeilschnell ist das Jetzt entflogen,
Ewig still steht die Vergangenheit.

Keine Ungeduld beflügelt
Ihren Schritt, wenn sie verweilt,
Keine Furcht, kein Zweifel zügelt
Ihren Lauf, wenn sie enteilt,
Keine Reu, kein Zaubersegen
Kann die stehende bewegen.

Möchtest du beglückt und weise
Endigen des Lebens Reise,
Nimm die zögernde zum Rat,
Nicht zum Werkzeug deiner Tat.
Wähle nicht die fliehende zum Freund,
Nicht die bleibende zum Feind.



Translation(s): DUT FRE

Submitted by Martin-Beatus Meier

Authorship

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):
    * DUT Dutch [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Spreuken van Confucius", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Sentence de Confucius", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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