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Language: German (Deutsch)

Fast eine deutsche Stadt, so eng gebaut,
Gassen und Giebel dämmerig vertraut.

Hier möcht ich Stunden, Tage, Wochen viel
Verträumen und verschlendern ohne Ziel.

Hier möcht ich sorgenlos an schöner Brust
Vertändeln einer leichten Liebe Lust.

Hier möcht ich bleiben - wäre drüben nicht
Ostwärts die freie Luft so seltsam licht.

Dort weiß ich warten zauberhaft und hell
Mein Ziel - Venedig! Und ich reise schnell.

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 72.

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) , "Padua", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Padoue", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-07-09.
Last modified: 2018-08-08 13:25:50
Line count: 10
Word count: 66

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

Presque une ville allemande, construite si serrée
Rues et pignons si crépusculairement proches.

Ici, pendant des heures, des jours, des semaines,
Je voudrais passer mon temps à rêver et déambuler sans but.

Ici, sans souci, contre une belle poitrine,
Je voudrais gaspiller mon temps au plaisir d'un amour léger.

Ici je voudrais rester, si d'un autre côté,
Vers l'est, l'air libre n'était pas si  étrangement  lumineux.

Là-bas , je le sais, attend magique et clair 
Mon but – Venise ! et j'y vais vite.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Padua", written 1901 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Géza Frid, Ludwig Helmuth Walter Kusche, Richard Maux. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-04-26.
Last modified: 2017-04-26 12:18:34
Line count: 10
Word count: 84