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Im Grase hingestreckt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Grase hingestreckt
Lausch ich der Halme zartem Wald,
Der flüstert wirr und hat mir bald
Den Himmel fast verdeckt.

Es kommt die Zeit heran,
Da weiß ich nichts von Leide mehr
Und schmerzt es heute noch so sehr,
Alsdann ist es vertan.

Dann kreist mein heißes Blut
Gekühlt und licht in Halm und Klee,
Und dieser Stunde grimmes Weh
Ist still, ist kühl, ist gut.

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 153.

Submitted by 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) , "Stretched out in the grass", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-01-27.
Last modified: 2018-09-02 17:02:21
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

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Stretched out in the grass

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Stretched out in the grass
I listen to the delicate forest of the grass blades,
It whispers confusedly and has soon
Almost blocked out the sky for me.

The time is coming,
Then I shall know nothing more of sorrow
And even if it pains me so much today,
[When that time comes] it shall be dissipated.

Then my hot blood shall circulate,
Cooled and brightly in grass blades and clover,
And the grim pain of this hour
Shall be still, shall be cooled, shall be put right.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Im Grase hingestreckt", written 1914 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Richard Gress, Egon Kornauth, Heinrich Pestalozzi, Hildegard Quiel, Karl Scholz, Felix Wolfes. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-01-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:28
Line count: 12
Word count: 88