Was hilfft den reichen gelt und gut (Ivo de Vento)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-12)  CPDL #50852:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2018-08-12).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Semi diplomatoric edition.

General Information

Title: Was hilfft den reichen gelt und gut
Composer: Ivo de Vento

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1573 in Teutsche Lieder, 5 vv

Description: From Iuonem de Vento: Teutsche Lieder mit fünff stimmen ... 1573

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Was hilfft den reichen gelt und gut/
  und grosser pracht auff erden/
  ob er die Welt gleich gwinnen thut/
  muß er doch Aschen werden/
  und fahrn dahin/
  Gott weiß wohin,
  der todt ist dann sein letzter gwin.

English.png English translation

What helps riches, money and goods/
   and great splendor on earth/
   though you win the whole world/
   you will become ashes
   and will depart/
   God knows where/
   death is then your final gain.