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Language: German (Deutsch)

Gewölk zerreißt; vom glühenden Himmel her
Irrt taumelndes Licht über geblendete Täler.
Mitgeweht vom föhnigen Sturm
Flieh ich mit unermüdetem Schritt
Durch ein bewölktes Leben.
Oh, daß nur immer für Augenblicke
Zwischen mir und dem ewigen Licht
Gütig ein Sturm die grauen Nebel verweht!
Fremdes Land umgibt mich,
Losgerissen treibt von der Heimat fern
Mich des Schicksals mächtige Woge umher.
Jage die Wolken, Föhn,
Reiße die Schleier hinweg,
Daß mir Licht auf die zweifelnden Pfade falle!

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 218.

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

Text added to the website: 2009-05-03.
Last modified: 2018-07-12 12:11:45
Line count: 14
Word count: 76

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

Nuages déchiquetés ; issue d'un ciel brûlant,
Une lumière chancelante erre sur des vallées éblouies.
Poussé par un violent foehn
Je fuis d'un pas infatigable
Dans une vie couverte de nuages.
Ô puisse pour un instant seulement
Qu'entre moi et la lumière éternelle
Une bienveillante tempête chasse les nuées grises !
Je suis au milieu d'un pays étranger,
Arraché loin de ma patrie, je suis poussé
Ici par la puissante vague du destin.
Foehn, chasse les nuages,
Déchire le voile
Afin que la lumière tombe sur mes chemins hésitants !

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Allegro", written 1912, appears in Feierliche Abendmusik, no. 1 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Richard Czelinski, Hans Peter Nowak, Josef Röösli, Heinz Sälter, Karl Franz Schwarz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-01-09.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:15:08
Line count: 14
Word count: 90