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Der Liebende

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nun liegt dein Freund wach in der milden Nacht,
Noch warm von dir, noch voll von deinem Duft,
Von deinem Blick und Haar und Kuß - o Mitternacht,
O Mond und Stern und blaue Nebelluft!
In dich, Geliebte, steigt mein Traum
Tief wie in Meer, Gebirg und Kluft hinein,
Verspritzt in Brandung und verweht zu Schaum,
Ist Sonne, Wurzel, Tier,
Nur um bei dir,
Um nah bei dir zu sein.
Saturn kreist fern und Mond, ich seh sie nicht,
Seh nur in Blumenblässe dein Gesicht,
Und lache still und weine trunken,
Nicht Glück, nicht Leid ist mehr,
Nur du, nur ich und du, versunken
Ins tiefe All, ins tiefe Meer,
Darein sind wir verloren,
Drin sterben wir und werden neugeboren.

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 283-284.

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) , "The lover", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "L'amant", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-06.
Last modified: 2018-08-15 10:13:30
Line count: 18
Word count: 120

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The lover

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Now your beloved is lying awake in the gentle night,
Still warmed by you, still full of your fragrance,
Your glances and hair and kiss - oh midnight,
Oh moon and star and blue misty air!
My dream, beloved, ascends into you
As deeply as into the sea, mountains and chasms,
Broken into droplets by the breakers and blown away to foam,
Is sun, root, animal,
Only to be with you,
To be near you.
Saturn orbits far away and the moon; I do not see them,
I only see your face in flowery paleness,
And laugh quietly and weep rapturously;
There is neither happiness, nor sorrow any longer,
Only you, only I and you, submerged
In the deep universe, in the deep ocean,
Within which we are lost,
Within which we die and are born anew.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Der Liebende", written 1921 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ferdinand Gerhardt, Siegfried Pixner, Carl Stöcklin. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-09-11.
Last modified: 2016-09-11 09:24:24
Line count: 18
Word count: 137