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Wenn doch mein Leben fürder geht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn doch mein Leben fürder geht
Und manchmal noch aus reichen Ranken
Ein reifes Lied mir niederweht,
Ich hab's auch dir zu danken.

Du weißt es nicht, denn ich begrub
Dein Bild in meiner Nächte Schweigen.
Und was mein Lied zu Tage hub,
War schon zuvor dein eigen.

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 42.

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) , 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

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Cependant que ma vie avance

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

Cependant que ma vie avance
Si parfois d'un sarment généreux
Descend encore vers moi le souffle mûr d'un chant,
Je dois aussi t'en remercier.

Tu ne le sais pas, car j'ai enfoui
Ton image dans le mutisme de mes nuits,
Et ce qu'aujourd'hui mon chant révéla,
Était déjà auparavant pénétré de toi.

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Translations of title(s):
"Wenn doch mein Leben" = "Cependant que ma vie"
"Wenn doch mein Leben fürder geht" = "Cependant que ma vie avance"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Wenn doch mein Leben", written 1898, appears in Maria, no. 5 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Werner Bühler, Eduard Pütz, Immo Schneider, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


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