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Über Hirsau

Language: German (Deutsch)

Rast haltend unter Edeltannen
Besinn ich mich der alten Zeit,
Da in mein erstes Knabenleid
Dieselben Waldesdüfte rannen.

An diesem Ort -- -- ich lag im Moose
Und träumte scheu und knabenwild
Ein blondes, schlankes Mädchenbild,
In meinem Kranz die erste Rose.

Die Zeit ging hin; der Traum ward alt
Und wich von mir.  Ein andrer kam. --
Wie lang, daß der auch Abschied nahm!

Mich quält, wem jener erste galt.
Ja wem? Ich weiß nur noch: sie war
Holdselig, schlank und blond von Haar.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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 52.

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


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Looking out over Hirsau", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au-dessus de Hirsau", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-01 06:28:05

Line count: 14
Word count: 82

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Looking out over Hirsau

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Stopping to rest under noble firs,
I ponder olden times,
When these same forest scents
Trickled into my first boyhood sorrow.

At this place -- -- I lay in the moss
And dreamed shyly and boyishly wildly [of]
A blonde, slim maidenly image,
The first rose in my wreath.

Time passed; the dream grew old
And departed from me.  Another came. --
How long it's been, since that one too took its farewell!

What tortures me is, of whom the first one was.
Yes, of whom?  All I still know: she was
Lovely, slender, and blonde.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Über Hirsau", written 1898 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Richard Czelinski. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-05-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-01 10:03:24

Line count: 14
Word count: 93