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Language: German (Deutsch)

Immer wieder tröstlich
Und immer neu in ewiger Schöpfung Glanz
Lacht mir die Welt ins Auge,
Lebt und regt sich in tausend atmenden Formen,
Flattert Falter im sonnigen Wind,
Segelt Schwalbe in seliger Bläue,
Strömt Meerflut am felsigen Strand.
Immer wieder ist Stern und Baum,
Ist mir Wolke und Vogel nahe verwandt,
Grüßt mich als Bruder der Fels,
Ruft mir freundschaftlich das unendliche Meer.
Unverstanden führt mich mein Weg
Einer blau verlorenen Ferne zu,
Nirgend ist Sinn, nirgend ist sicheres Ziel --
Dennoch redet mir jeder Waldbach,
Jede summende Fliege von tiefem Gesetz,
Heiliger Ordnung,
Deren Himmelsgewölb' auch mich überspannt,
Deren heimliches Tönen
Wie im Gang der Gestirne
So auch in meines Herzens Taktschlag klingt.

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 218-219.

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) , "Andante", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Andante", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-07-12 15:41:08

Line count: 21
Word count: 114

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Ever again comfortingly
And ever new in the eternal radiance of creation
The world smiles into my eyes,
It lives and moves in a thousand breathing forms,
The butterfly flutters in the sunny wind,
The swallow sails in the blissful blue,
The ocean flood streams at the rocky shore.
Ever again star and tree,
Cloud and bird are my near relatives,
The rocky cliff greets me as a brother,
The boundless ocean calls to me as a friend.
Uncomprehended my path leads me
Toward some lost, blue distance,
Nowhere is meaning, nowhere a certain goal –
Nevertheless every forest stream, every buzzing fly
Speaks to me of a deep law,
Of holy order,
Whose heavenly vault is also stretched out above me,
Whose secret sounds,
As they do in the course of the stars,
Also ring in the beats of my heart.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Andante", written 1912, appears in Feierliche Abendmusik, no. 2 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hans Peter Nowak, Josef Röösli, Heinz Sälter, Karl Franz Schwarz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-17 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-11-29 12:08:17

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Word count: 142