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Armes Volk

Language: German (Deutsch)

Blätterfall und rauher Wind
Stieben meinem Schritt entgegen,
Und ich weiß nicht, armes Kind,
Wo wir heut uns schlafen legen.

Du auch wirst einmal im Wind
Laufen müd und voll Beschwerde,
Und ich weiß nicht, armes Kind,
Ob ich dann noch leben werde.

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 30.

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

Text added to the website: 2011-12-21.
Last modified: 2018-07-25 12:12:54
Line count: 8
Word count: 43

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Poor folk

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Leaf-fall and a harsh wind
Fly towards my footsteps,
And, poor child, I do not know
Where we shall lay our heads this night.
You, too, shall someday run in the wind,
Wearily and full of affliction,
And, poor child, I do not know
If I shall still be alive then.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Armes Volk", written 1898 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Lukas Haug, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-25.
Last modified: 2016-11-25 19:31:21
Line count: 8
Word count: 51