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The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive

Das Leben ist ein Traum

Language: German

Das Leben ist ein Traum,
Man merkt, man fühlt ihn kaum;
Denn schnell wie Wolken ziehn,
Ist dieser Traum dahin.

Wohl dem, der gut geträumt,
Wohl dem, dess Saat hier keimt
Zur Ernte für die Zeit
Der Unvergänglichkeit.

Das Leben ist der Blick
Auf einer Zukunft Glück,
Das jeder haben kann,
Der hier es wohlgetan.

Wohl dem, der nach der Nacht
Des Grabes froh erwacht,
Den nicht die Stimme schreckt,
Die aus dem Schlummer weckt.

Wer bei der Arbeit Schluß
Die Rechnung fürchten muß,
Hat wahrlich keinen Blick
Auf einer Zukunft Glück.



Translation(s): ENG DUT FRE

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):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Life is a dream", copyright ©
    * DUT Dutch [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het leven is een droom", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , "La vie est un rêve", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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