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Drüben überm Berge

Language: German (Deutsch)

Drüben überm Berge
Streut sein Licht der fahle Mond,
Dort in ewiger Mondesnacht
Meine tote Jugend wohnt.

Drüben überm Berge
Bei dem Grab der Königin
Geht verhärmt im Geisterschritt
Meine tote Liebe hin.

Drüben überm Berge
Wo die kühlen Tempel sind,
Schluchzt vor meinen toten Göttern
Ein verirrt Gebet im Wind.

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 165.

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 © 2018, (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: 2013-03-04.
Last modified: 2018-08-28 12:41:38
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Là‑haut, au‑dessus des monts

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

Là-haut, au-dessus des monts
La lune étend sa pâle lumière ;
Dans cette nuit de lune éternelle
Habite ma jeunesse morte.

Là-haut, au-dessus des monts,
Près de la tombe de la reine,
Passe  aigrie à pas fantomatiques
Mon amour mort.

Là-haut, au-dessus des monts,
Où sont les temples froids,
Sanglote devant mes dieux morts
Une prière perdue dans le vent.

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Translations of title(s):
"Drüben überm Berge streut sein Licht der fahle Mond" = "Là-haut, au-dessus des monts la lune étend sa pâle lumière"
"Drüben" = "Là-haut"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Drüben", written 1897, appears in Unterwegs, first published 1911 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Yrjö Henrik Kilpinen. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-01-22.
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