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Böse Zeit

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nun sind wir still 
Und singen keine Lieder mehr. 
Der Schritt wird schwer. 
Das ist die Nacht, die kommen will. 

Gib mir die Hand, 
Vielleicht ist unser Weg noch weit. 
Es schneit, es schneit. 
Hart ist der Winter in dem fremden Land. 

Wo ist die Zeit 
Da uns ein Licht, ein Herd gebrannt? 
Gib mir die Hand, 
Vielleicht ist unser Weg noch weit.

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 182.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani 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) , "Bad times", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Mauvais temps", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-06-11 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-11 11:46:32

Line count: 12
Word count: 63

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Bad times

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Now we are silent
And sing no more songs.
Our steps grow heavy.
That is the night that wishes to approach.

Give me your hand,
Perhaps our way is still long.
It is snowing, it is snowing.
Winter is hard in this foreign land.

Where are the times
When for us a light, a hearth burned?
Give me your hand,
Perhaps our way is still long.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Böse Zeit", written c1909 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Egon Kornauth, Friedrich Niggli, Hildegard Quiel, Immo Schneider, Gerhard Fürchtegott Wehle. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-04-12 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-04-12 13:39:21

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