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Auf einer Nachtwanderung

Language: German (Deutsch)

Herwandernd aus den Bergen durch die Nacht
Hat mich der Weg durch fahle Wiesensäume
Und weiche Schatten unsichtbarer Bäume
Ans offene Tor der alten Stadt gebracht.

Durch eine lange Straße schritt ich sacht,
Und nirgends schien aus all den schwarzen Scheiben
Ein einzig Kerzenlicht und lud zum Bleiben,
Und alles schlief, und überall war Nacht.

Erst, da ich wieder weit im Felde ging
Und rückwärts auf die wunderlich gebaute,
Schlafwirre Flucht der dunkeln Giebel schaute,
Sah ich ein Licht, das hoch im Turme hing.

Und oben am Gesims war Einer wach;
Der trug am Strick die schaukelnde Laterne
Und bog sich vor und schaute in die Ferne
Und meinen kaum gehörten Schritten nach.

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 128-129.

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) , "Upon a nighttime ramble", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sur une randonnée nocturne", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-14.
Last modified: 2018-07-24 20:02:26
Line count: 16
Word count: 113

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Upon a nighttime ramble

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Wandering hither from the mountains through the night
My path has led me through dun-coloured meadow edges
And soft shadows of invisible trees
To the open gate of the old city.
I strode gently through a long street
And nowhere out of all the black windowpanes
Shone a single candle and invited one to abide,
And everything slept and everywhere it was night.
Only when I again wandered far away in a field
And looked back upon the strangely-constructed,
Sleep-tangled row of dark gables,
I saw a light, suspended high in a tower.
And high up upon a cornice one person was awake;
On a rope he carried the swinging lantern
And leaned forward and gazed into the far distance
And followed my barely-heard footsteps.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Auf einer Nachtwanderung", written 1903 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Kurt Hessenberg. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-30.
Last modified: 2016-11-30 10:06:10
Line count: 16
Word count: 125