1. Totengräberlied

From Neue Lieder-Melodien, Wq 200

Composer
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Key
F major
Meter
3/4
Tempo
Mäßig
Length
12 measures

German text

English translation

1. Grabe, Spaden, grabe!
1. Dig, spade, dig!
Alles, was ich habe,
For everything I have
dank ich, Spaden, dir!
I thank you, spade!
Reich und arme Leute
Rich and poor people
werden meine Beute,
become my prey,
kommen einst zu mir!
coming at last to me!
 
 
2. Weiland groß und edel
2. Formerly great and noble,
nickte dieser Schädel
this skull nods
keinem Gruße Dank!
no thanks to any greeting!
Dieses Beingerippe,
This skeleton,
ohne Wang und Lippe,
without cheek or lip,
hatte Gold und Rang!
once had gold and rank!
 
 
3. Jener Kopf mit Haaren
3. That head with hair
war vor wenig Jahren
was for a few years
schön, wie Engel sind!
as lovely as angels are!
Tausend junge Fentchen
A thousand young fops
leckten ihm das Händchen,
licked its little hand,
gafften sich halb blind!
gaped themselves half blind!
 
 
4. Grabe, Spaden, grabe!
4. Dig, spade, dig!
Alles, was ich habe,
For everything I have
dank ich, Spaden, dir!
I thank you, spade!
Reich und arme Leute
Rich and poor people
werden meine Beute,
become my prey,
kommen einst zu mir!
coming at last to me!
 

About the text

  • Author: Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty

Instrumentation

  • Voice
  • Keyboard: Fortepiano / Harpsichord / Clavichord

Resources

Send feedback on this page