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Weg zur Geliebten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Tag tut frische Augen auf,
Tautrunken glänzt die Welt
Dem jungen Licht entgegen,
Das golden sie umfangen hält.

Im Walde bin ich unterwegs
Und halte fleißig Schritt
Mit dem geschwinden Morgen,
Der nimmt mich als ein Bruder mit.

Den Mittag seh ich heiß und schwer
Im gelben Kornfeld stehn,
Er sieht mich ohne Weile
Vorüber und landeinwärts gehn.

Und wenn der stille Abend kommt,
Will ich am Ziele sein,
Will wie der Tag verglühen,
Geliebteste, am Herzen dein.

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 190.

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) , "Path to the beloved", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chemin vers la bien-aimée", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-05-23 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-08-16 11:49:05
Line count: 16
Word count: 79

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Chemin vers la bien‑aimée

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

Le jour ouvre des yeux frais,
Le monde brille enivré de rosée
Face à la lumière naissante
Qui le tient enveloppé d'or.

Je suis en chemin dans la forêt
Et maintiens un pas diligent
Avec le matin rapide
Qui m'accompagne comme un frère.

Je vois midi chaud et lourd
Dans un champ de blé jaune,
Il me voit passer sans tarder
Et poursuivre vers la campagne.

Et lorsque viendra le soir tranquille
Je serai à mon but,
Comme le jour je voudrai fondre
Bien-aimé sur ton cœur.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Weg zur Geliebten", written 1911 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Paul Breisach, Richard Czelinski, Ferdinand Gerhardt, Heinz-Otto Hoffmann, Hans-Joachim Marx, Will Mewes, Justus Hermann Wetzel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-06-17 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-06-17 10:23:58
Line count: 16
Word count: 87