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Die Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Nacht ist mir so nah bekannt,
Wir können unsre Gedanken lesen,
Wir haben dasselbe Vaterland,
Wir sind vorzeiten Geschwister gewesen.
Und abermal um eine Zeit
Da wird sie mich so ganz umfangen!
Sie nickt, sie streichelt meine Wangen
Und fragt: bist du bereit?

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 164.

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

Text added to the website: 2009-05-20.
Last modified: 2018-08-26 12:40:03
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

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La nuit

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

La nuit et moi sommes si proches,
Que nous pourrions lire nos pensées,
Le pays de nos pères est le même,
Nous sommes frère et sœur depuis très longtemps.

Et encore une fois viendra l'heure
Où elle m'enlacera complètement !
Elle fait signe, me caresse les joues
Et demande : « es-tu prêt ? ».

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2017 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Die Nacht", subtitle: "(1907)", written 1907 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Robert Kuppelwieser, Heinrich Pestalozzi. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-01-22.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:15:08
Line count: 8
Word count: 55