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Winter 1914

Language: German (Deutsch)

Leid und Finsternis wohin ich seh,
Über tausend Gräber fällt der Schnee,
Deckt das blutig starrende Gefild
Still mit seinem hoffnungslosen Schild.

Doch wir werden einen Frühling schauen,
Werden eine reine Zukunft bauen,
Daß die Lieben, die der Schnee begraben,
Nicht umsonst für uns geblutet haben.

Translation(s): ENG

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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 548-549.

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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Winter 1914", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-08-22.
Last modified: 2014-08-22 18:39:24
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Winter 1914

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Suffering and darkness wherever I look,
Snow is falling over a thousand graves,
It quietly covers the bloody, staring field
With its shield of hopelessness.

Yet we shall see a spring,
Shall build a pure future,
So that the loved ones whom the snow has buried,
Shall not have bled for us in vain.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Winter 1914", written 1914
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gottfried Rüdinger. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-08-22.
Last modified: 2014-08-22 18:39:34
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