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Ich habe wenig Lieder

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich habe wenig Lieder
In meinem Leben gemacht,
Ich singe sie mir und den Mädchen
Am Brunnen in der Nacht.

Das eine von der Jugend,
Die rot unbändig blüht
Und nach Streit und Abenteuer
In ewiger Sehnsucht glüht.

Das andere von den warmen
Nächten der Sommerzeit
Und von allen schönen Weibern,
Um die ich geweint und gefreit.

Das dritte sing' ich zur Geige
In jeder fremden Stadt,
Vom Heimweh des Zigeuners,
Der keine Heimat hat.

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 120.

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) , "Songs", 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: 2014-04-15.
Last modified: 2018-08-11 16:43:43
Line count: 16
Word count: 75

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Few are the songs
That I have written in my life,
I sing them to myself and to the maidens
By the well in the night.

The one [song] about youth
That blooms unrestrainedly red
And after battle and adventure
Glows in eternal yearning.

The other about the warm
Nights of summertime
And about all the beautiful women
Over whom I have wept and whom I have wooed.

The third I sing to the fiddle
In every foreign town,
About the homesickness of the gypsy
Who has no homeland.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Lieder", written 1902 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Walther Hecklinger, Hermann Ruck, Franz Xaver Zintl, Paul Zoll. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-04-15.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:32
Line count: 16
Word count: 89