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Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse

Word count: 152

Song Cycle by Eugen Holzwarth

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1. Allein [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Alone", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Seul", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


[Es führen über die Erde]1 
Straßen und Wege viel,
Aber alle haben 
Dasselbe Ziel.

Du kannst reiten und fahren 
Zu zweien und zu drein,
Den letzten Schritt mußt du
Gehen allein.

Drum ist kein Wissen 
[Noch]2 Können so gut,
Als daß man alles Schwere 
Alleine tut.


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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 170.

1 Steinert: "Über die Erde führen"
2 Kilpinen: "Und"

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2. Herbst [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Automne", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


[Ihr Vögel]1 im Gesträuch,
wie flattert euer Gesang
den bräunenden Wald entlang --
Ihr Vögel, sputet euch!

Liebe Vögel im Laub,
Liebe Brüderlein,
Lasset uns singen und fröhlich sein,
Bald sind wir [im]2 Staub.


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1 Kilpinen: "Die Vögel"; Petzold: "Ihr Vöglein"
2 added by Bohner.

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3. Im Nebel [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE IRI ITA

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  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "In the mists", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dans le brouillard", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Sa cheobhrán", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Nebbia", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Seltsam, im Nebel zu wandern!
Einsam ist jeder Busch und Stein,
Kein Baum sieht den andern,
Jeder ist allein.

Voll Freunden war mir die Welt,
Als noch mein Leben licht war;
Nun, da der Nebel fällt,
Ist keiner mehr sichtbar.

Wahrlich, keiner ist weise,
Der nicht das Dunkel kennt,
Das unentrinnbar und leise
Von allen ihn trennt.

Seltsam, im Nebel zu wandern!
Leben ist Einsamsein.
Kein Mensch kennt den andern,
Jeder ist allein.


Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 136-137.


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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