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Assistono diversi santi

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nichts andres haben wir zu tun,
Als daß wir vor dem Heilandkind
Auf frommen Knieen betend ruhn.
Die wir der Jungfrau Diener sind.

Sieh, unser Dienst ist leicht und zart.
Wir atmen still im grünen Land
Der schönen Mutter Gegenwart.
Und selig werden wir genannt.

Und selig wirst auch du, o Christ,
Der du voll dunkler Sehnsucht bist,
Wenn du der Schönsten dich ergibst
Und keine andre liebst.

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, pages 214.

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

Text added to the website: 2014-02-06T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-07-25T12:14:17
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

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Assistono diversi santi

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

Nous n'avons rien d'autre à faire
Que prier dévotement agenouillés
Devant l'enfant Sauveur,
Nous qui sommes les servants de la Vierge

Vois, notre service est facile et doux
Nous respirons calmement dans le vert pays
En présence de la bonne Mère,
Et l'on nous dira béats.

Et béat, tu le seras aussi, ô Christ,
Toi qui es empli de sombres désirs,
Quand tu te révéleras à la plus belle
Et n'aimeras aucune autre.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Assistono diversi santi", written 1914 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinz-Otto Hoffmann, Max Kowalski, Hans-Hermann Kurig, Theophil Laitenberger, Heinrich Pestalozzi, Heinz Sälter, Immo Schneider, Alfred Toepler, Peter Voelkner, Justus Hermann Wetzel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-10-19T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-10-22T17:07:19
Line count: 12
Word count: 73