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An den Tod

Language: German

Tod, du Schrecken der Natur,
Immer rieselt deine Uhr;
Die geschwung'ne Sense blinkt,
Gras und Halm und Blume sinkt.
Mähe nicht ohn' Unterschied,
Dieses Blümchen, das erst blüht,
Dieses Röschen, erst halbrot;
Sei barmherzig, lieber Tod!

Tod, wann kommst du, meine Lust?
Ziehst den Dolch aus meiner Brust?
Streifst die Fesseln von der Hand?
Ach, wann deckst du mich mit Sand?
Komm, o Tod, wenn's dir gefällt,
Hol' Gefang'ne aus der Welt:
Komm, vollende meine Not;
Sei barmherzig, lieber Tod!

Translation(s): ENG DUT ITA FRE


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) , "To Death", copyright ©
    * DUT Dutch [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan de dood", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Alla Morte", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , "À la mort", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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