Gustav Mahler

Symphony 3, 4th movement

Text from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra: the “Midnight Song”

Original German

O Mensch! Gib Acht! Was spricht die tiefe Mitternacht? “Ich schlief, ich schlief—, aus tiefem Traum bin ich erwacht:—Die Welt ist tief, und tiefer als der Tag gedacht. Tief ist ihr Weh—, Lust—tiefer noch als Herzeleid. Weh spricht: Vergeh! Doch all’ Lust will Ewigkeit—, —will tiefe, tiefe Ewigkeit!”

In English

O Man! Take heed! What says the deep midnight? “I slept, I slept—, from a deep dream have I awoken:—the world is deep, and deeper than the day has thought. Deep is its pain—, joy—deeper still than heartache. Pain says: Pass away! But all joy seeks eternity—, —seeks deep, deep eternity!”


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