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Des Lebens Tag ist schwer und schwühl

Language: German (Deutsch)

Des Lebens Tag ist schwer und schwühl,
Des Todes [Odem]1 leicht und kühl,
Er wehet freundlich uns hinab,
Wie welkes Laub, ins stille Grab.

Es scheint der Mond, es fällt der Thau
Aufs Grab wie auf die Blumenau;
[Doch]2 fällt der Freunde Thrän' hinein,
Erhellt von sanfter Hoffnung Schein.

Uns sammelt alle, klein und groß,
Die Mutter Erd' in ihren Schoß.
O, säh'n wir ihr ins Angesicht,
Wir scheuten ihren Busen nicht!

Translation(s): DUT ITA FRE

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1 Schubert: "Atem"
2 Schubert (in some versions): "Auch"

Submitted by Richard Morris


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 (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Moeder Aarde", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Il giorno della vita ci opprime pesante", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La mère Terre", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Il giorno della vita ci opprime pesante

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Il giorno della vita ci opprime pesante,
il soffio della morte è leggero e fresco,
e in basso ci trascina, delicatamente,
dentro la muta tomba, come fogliame secco.

Splende la luna, cade la rugiada
sopra le tombe come sui prati in fiore;
Anche la lacrima di un'amico cade
che la dolce speranza sembra illuminare.

Torniamo tutti, piccoli o grandi,
nel grembo materno della terra scura;
Se solo la guardassimo più attenti
del suo abbraccio non avremmo paura.

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    * Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2010 by Ferdinando Albeggiani <f (DOT) albeggiani (AT) gmail (DOT) com>, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol ©

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Text added to the website: 2010-03-13.