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Berge in der Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der See ist erloschen,
Schwarz schläft das Ried,
Im Traume flüsternd.
Ungeheuer ins Land gedehnt
Drohen die hingestreckten Berge.
Sie ruhen nicht.
Sie atmen tief, und sie halten
Einer den andern an sich gedrückt.
Tief atmend,
Mit dumpfen Kräften beladen,
Unerlöst in verzehrender Leidenschaft.

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 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) , "Mountains in the night", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Montagne dans la nuit", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-06.
Last modified: 2018-08-08 13:14:51
Line count: 11
Word count: 44

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Mountains in the night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The lake has been extinguished,
The reeds sleep in blackness,
Whispering in a dream.
Stretching out hugely into the land,
The splaying mountains threaten.
They do not rest.
They breathe deeply, and they hold
One another closely and tightly.
Breathing deeply,
Weighed down with leaden powers,
Unredeemed in consuming passion.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Berge in der Nacht", written 1905, appears in Unterwegs, first published 1911 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hermann Grabner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-02-24.
Last modified: 2017-02-24 13:31:03
Line count: 11
Word count: 50