Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh
For it happens to Man as to the beast

Vier ernste Gesänge Four Serious Songs

Luther - Ecc III

For it happens to Man as to the beast,
as that dies, so Man dies also,
they have the same breath.
Man has nothing more than the beast has,
for everything is vanity.
Everything moves to one end;
everything is made of dust
and will become dust again.
Who knows whether Man's spirit will go upward
or that the spirit of the beast
will move down below the earth?
And so I saw that there was nothing better
than for Man to be happy in his work;
for who would take him to the point
where he sees what will happen after him?