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Gib uns deine milde Hand!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Gib uns deine milde Hand!
Von der Mutter Hand gerissen
Irren wir in Finsternissen
Kinder durch ein fremdes Land.

Manchmal wenn es dunkel war,
Schenkte eine Heimatweise
Deiner Stimme wunderbar
Licht und Trost der bangen Reise.

Wandrer ohne Ziel und Pfad
Irren wir in dunklen Weiten;
Wolle du uns gnädig leiten,
Bis der große Morgen naht!

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, pages 58-59.

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) , "To Beauty", 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: 2014-03-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-07-12 15:47:23

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Word count: 56

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To Beauty

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Reach out your gentle hand to us!
Torn from our mother's hand
We stray in darknesses,
Children through a strange land.

Sometimes when it was dark,
A song of home,
Wondrously sung by your voice,
Bestowed light and comfort upon the anxious journey.

Wanders without goal and pathway,
We stray in dark distances;
May you lead us graciously
Until the great morning nears!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "An die Schönheit", written 1900, appears in Neue deutsche Lyriker III , in An die Schönheit, first published 1919 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolf Brömel, Richard Gress, Otto Hildemann, Ludwig Jamöck, Franz Krause, Wilhelm Lache, Heinrich Pestalozzi, Immo Schneider, Herbert Schweikert, Alfred Stier, Hermann Unger, Justus Hermann Wetzel, Paul Zoll. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-03-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:30

Line count: 12
Word count: 63