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Weites, goldenes Ährenmeer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Weites, goldenes Ährenmeer 
Wogt im Wind auf reifen Stengeln. 
Hufbeschlag und Sensendengeln 
Klingen fern vom Dorfe her.

Warme, düfteschwere Zeit! 
Zitternd in der Sonne Gluten 
Wiegen sich die goldnen Fluten 
Reif und schon zum Schnitt bereit.

Fremdling, der ich ohne Pfad 
Suchend pilgere auf Erden, 
Wird ich reif befunden werden, 
Wenn auch mir der Schnitter naht?

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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G. Schumann sets stanza 1

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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 157-158, with the title "Sommerwanderung".

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Pierre Mathé [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) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-06.
Last modified: 2018-08-30 10:17:13
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Word count: 56

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Une vaste mer d'épis dorée

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Une vaste mer d'épis dorée
Ondule dans le vent ses tiges mûries.
Le clac des sabots et le martelage des faux
Sonnent depuis le village lointain.

Heures chaudes, lourdes de parfums !
Tremblant sous l'ardeur du soleil,
Les vagues dorées roulent,
Mûres et déjà prêtes pour la moisson.

Étranger, qui sans chercher de chemin
Fait un pèlerinage sur terre,
Me trouvera-t-on mûr
Lorsque la faucheuse approchera ?

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Translations of title(s):
"Ähren" = "Épis"
"Erntegesang" = "Chant des moissons"
"Sommerwanderung" = "Randonnée estivale"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Sommerwanderung", written 1902, appears in Unterwegs, first published 1911 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedrich Friedwig Frischenschlager, Julius Gessinger, Hans Krieg, Hans Müller-Oertling, Gerhard Schumann. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-01-09.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:15:08
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Word count: 67