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Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Schneewind packt mich jäh von vorn,
Mein Schlitten knirscht im schnellen Lauf,
Genüber streckt sein fahles Horn
Der wolkenblasse Eiger auf.

Ein kühler Siegesmut erfaßt
Mein Herz mit unbekannter Lust,
Als trüg ich eine werte Last
Von Stolz und Glück in meiner Brust.

Was noch von Krankheit in mir schlief,
Ich riß es es aus mit fester Hand
Und warf es lachend steil und tief
Hinunter ins verschneite Land.

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 116.

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) , "Sleigh ride", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Voyage en traîneau", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-05-19.
Last modified: 2018-08-16 11:45:01
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Word count: 70

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Sleigh ride

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The blizzard seizes me suddenly from the front,
My sleigh scroops in its rapid passage,
Opposite, the cloud-pale Eiger1
Stretches its pallid peak upward.

A calm victorious mood takes hold
Of my heart with unfamiliar joy,
As if I bore a precious burden
Of pride and happiness within my breast.

What remnant of sickness still slept within me,
I uprooted it with a firm hand
And, laughing, I threw it steeply and deeply
Down into the snowbound land.

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1 The Eiger is a mountain in the Swiss Alps (


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Text added to the website: 2014-05-19.
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