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Vom Baum des Lebens - Fünf Gedichte von Hermann Hesse für Chor a cappella

Word count: 252

Song Cycle by Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling (1904 - 1985)

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1. Einsame Nacht [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Lonely night", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Nuit de solitude", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Die [ihr meine]1 Brüder seid,
Arme Menschen nah und ferne,
Die ihr im Bezirk der Sterne
Tröstung träumet eurem Leid,
Die ihr wortelos gefaltet
In die blaß gestirnte Nacht
Schmale Dulderhände haltet,
Die ihr leidet, die ihr wacht,
Arme, irrende Gemeinde,
Schiffer ohne Stern und Glück --
Fremde, dennoch mir Vereinte,
Gebt mir meinen Gruß zurück.


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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 110.

1 Kelling: "ihr alle meine"

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2. Weg nach Innen [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Wer den Weg nach Innen fand
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3. Bekenntnis [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Holder Schein, an deine Spiele
Sieh mich willig hingegeben;
Andre haben Zwecke, Ziele,
Mir genügt es schon, zu leben.

Gleichnis will mir alles scheinen,
Was mir je die Sinne rührte,
Des Unendlichen und Einen,
Das ich stets lebendig spürte.

Solche Bilderschrift zu lesen,
Wird mir stets das Leben lohnen,
Denn das Ewige, das Wesen,
Weiß ich in mir selber wohnen.


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 246.


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4. Verwelkende Rosen [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Möchten viele Seelen dies verstehen
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1 Schwarz-Schillig: "Mögen viele"

5. Spruch [ sung text checked 1 time]

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So mußt Du allen Dingen
Bruder und Schwester sein,
Daß sie dich ganz durchdringen,
Daß du nicht scheidest Mein und Dein.

Kein Stern, kein Laub soll fallen --
Du mußt mit ihm vergehn!
So wirst du auch mit allen
Allstündlich auferstehn.


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 152.


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