Di Zukunft (The Future)

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Morris Winchefsky (1856-1932)

Yiddish Lyrics

Oy, di velt vet vern yinger,
Un dos leyben laychter, gringer,
Yede kloger vet a zinger
Vern, brider bald.
Loz dos folk nor vern kliger,
Un farygon dem batriger,
Im, dem fuks, un oykh dem tiger
Fun zayn shaynen veld.

Oy, di velt vet vern shayner,
Liebe gresser, sine klayner,
Tsvishen froyen, tsvichen mener,
Tsvishen land un land;
Oy, di velt vet vern frayer,
Frayer, shaiyner, yinger, nayer,
Un in ir di varhayt tayer,
Tayer vi a froynd.

Oy, di velt vern drayster,
Un es vet nit zaiyn a meyster,
Nit di kroyn un nit di tayster,
Nit dem zelners shverd.
Alzo mutik in di reynen,
In di reynen, tsu befrayen,
Tsu befrayen un banayen
Unzer alte velt.


(English translation by Don Eisen)

Oh, the world will
And life better,
Each who curses will
become a singer,
All brothers soon.
Let people just grow
And drive out the
Him, the fox and as
well the tiger,
From their beautiful

Oh, the world will
more beautiful,
Love greater, hatred
Between women, between
Between nation and
Oh the world will grow
Freer, more beautiful,
younger, newer,
And in this new world
truth will grow dearer,
Dear as a friend.

Oh, the world will
And there will be no
Not the crown, not
Not the soldier's
So have courage in the
In the ranks, to free,
To free and make new
Our old world.

The following notes appear on this page: ht tp://www.yourinter.net/dgeisen/sourcesshayna.htm: The second verse of Di Zukunft is sung to Rose by Lusia in Barbara Lebow's A Shayna Maidel, Act 2, scene 3. The song is most likely one of many spirited songs sung by members of the Bund, a Jewish political association committed to socialism. The "Sotzialistisher Kinder Farbund" (Yiddish for the Socialist Children's Organization), was the youth movement of the Bund and was founded in Poland in 1927. Tsukunft, (Yiddish for "future") became the name adopted by the young adult movement within the Bund. It was certainly sung by youth groups affiliated with The Workman's Circle in the United States. The socialist idealism of the Bund is reflected in the song's lyrics. Whether or not Lusia, Duvid or Hanna were ever associated with the Bund is, of course, pure speculation on fictional characters in a play. However, Lusia tells Rose that Hanna and she had sung the song in the camps. The song, as she sings it for Rose, is a bittersweet memory of her husband, her friend Hanna, and of their idealistic dreams of their youth. The following is my own translation based on the Yiddish version of the song with words by Morris Winchefsky (1856-1932) who used the pen name of Lipe Bentsion Novochovitch. His lyrics, along with the melody of the song, appear in Songs of Generations: New Pearls of Yiddish Song. Edited by Eleanor and Joseph Mlotek. New York: The Workman's Circle. A recording of the song performed by the Workman's Circle Chorus, as well as permission to perform the song, may be obtained by contacting Joseph Mlotek, Education Director, The Workman's Circle, 45 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 (tel. 212- 889-6800).


Added December 21st, 1999