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Blick nach Italien

Language: German (Deutsch)

Über dem See und hinter den rosigen Bergen
Liegt Italien meiner Jugend gelobtes Land,
Meiner Träume vertraute Heimat.
Rote Bäume sprechen vom Herbst.
Und im beginnenden Herbst
Meines Lebens sitz' ich allein,
Schaue der Welt ins schöne grausame Auge,
Wähle Farben der Liebe und male sie,
Die so oft mich betrog,
Die ich immer und immer noch liebe.
Liebe und Einsamkeit,
Liebe und unerfüllbare Sehnsucht
Sind die Mütter der Kunst;
Noch im Herbst meines Lebens
Führen sie mich an der Hand,
Und ihr sehnliches Lied
Zaubert Glanz über See und Gebirg
Und die abschiednehmende, schöne Welt.

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 269.

Submitted by 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) , "View toward Italy", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Regard vers l'Italie", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-10-21.
Last modified: 2018-06-02 12:15:30
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Word count: 96

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Regard vers l'Italie

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

Au-delà du lac et derrière les montagnes roses
S'étend l'Italie, terre promise de mon enfance,
Patrie familière de mes rêves.
Des arbres rouges me parlent de l'automne.
Et en ce début d' automne de ma vie
Je suis assis seul.
Je regarde dans le bel œil cruel du monde ,
Choisis les couleurs de l'amour et peins
Celle qui si souvent m'a trahi.
Celle que toujours et à jamais j'aimerai.
Amour et solitude,
Amour et désir impossible à satisfaire
Sont les mères de l'art ;
Encore aujourd'hui, à l'automne de ma vie
Elles me mènent par la main,
Et leur chant languissant
Ensorcelle la lumière des lacs et des montagnes
Et ce joli monde qui prend congé.

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Text added to the website: 2017-01-09.
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