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Herbstliche Lieder nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse

Word count: 332

Song Cycle by Werner Vogel

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1. September [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG FRE FRI GRE IRI ITA NOR POL SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Setembre", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "September", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "September", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "September", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Septembre", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , "Septimber", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Σεπτέμβρης", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Meán Fómhair", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , "Settembre", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "September", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Alicja Istigniejew) , "Wrzesień", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Septiembre", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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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 308.


2. Das Ziel [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Vers le but", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Immer bin ich ohne Ziel gegangen,
Wollte nie zu einer Rast gelangen,
Meine Wege schienen ohne Ende. 

Endlich sah ich, daß ich nur im Kreise
Wanderte, und wurde müd der Reise. 
Jener Tag war meines Lebens Wende. 

Zögernd geh ich nun dem Ziel entgegen,
Denn ich weiß: auf allen meinen Wegen
Steht der Tod und bietet mir die Hände.


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 139.


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3. 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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4. 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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5. Über die Felder [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Over the fields", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Über [den Himmel]1 Wolken [ziehn]2,
Über die Felder [geht]3 der Wind,
Über die Felder wandert
Meiner Mutter verlorenes Kind.

Über die Straße Blätter wehn,
Über den Bäumen Vögel schrein --
Irgendwo über den Bergen
Muß meine ferne Heimat sein.


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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 57.

1 Thide: "die Erde"
2 Kurig: "gehn"
3 Kurig: "weht"

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6. Auch zu mir kommst Du einmal [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Mort, ma sœur", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il viandante alla Morte", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Auch zu mir kommst du einmal,
Du vergißt mich nicht,
Und zu Ende ist die Qual
Und die Kette bricht.

Noch erscheinst du fremd und fern,
Lieber Bruder Tod.
Stehest als ein kühler Stern
Über meiner Not.

Aber einmal wirst du nah
Und voll Flammen sein --
Komm, Geliebter, ich bin da,
Nimm mich, ich bin dein.


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 251.


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7. Wenn auch der Abend kalt und traurig ist [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dans la quatrième année de guerre", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Wenn auch der Abend kalt und traurig ist 
Und Regen rauscht, 
Ich singe doch mein Lied in dieser Frist,
Weiß nicht, wer lauscht.

Wenn auch die Welt in [Krieg und Angst]1 erstickt, 
An manchem Ort 
Brennt heimlich doch, ob niemand sie erblickt, 
Die Liebe fort.


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1 Würz: "Qual und Not"

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