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O wie der Sturm so dunkel braust!

Language: German (Deutsch)

O wie der Sturm so dunkel braust!
Wir neigen ängstlich und zerzaust
Uns tief vor seiner schauerlichen Macht
Und bleiben zitternd wach die ganze Nacht.

Wenn wir morgen noch leben werden,
O wie wird dann der Himmel tagen
Und warme Luft und Geläut von Herden
Selige Wellen über uns schlagen!

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 124.

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) , "Ears of wheat in the storm", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Épis dans la tempête", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-10-22.
Last modified: 2018-07-12 12:10:50
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

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Ears of wheat in the storm

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh how the storm roars so darkly!
Anxious and dishevelled we bow down
Low before its horrible might
And stay awake, trembling, the whole night.
If we shall still be living tomorrow,
Oh how the sky shall look in the light of dawn,
And warm breezes and ringing cowbells
Shall break over us in blessed waves!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Ähren im Sturm", written c1902 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Richard Czelinski, Walther Hecklinger, Philipp Mohler, Heinrich Pestalozzi, Gottfried Rüdinger, Walter Schulthess, Herbert Schultz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-01.
Last modified: 2016-11-01 18:55:31
Line count: 8
Word count: 56