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Language: German (Deutsch)

Nun bin ich lang gewesen
Im fremden Land zu Gast,
Und bin doch nicht genesen
Von meiner alten Last.

Ich suchte allerorten
Das was die Seele stillt,
Nun bin ich stiller worden
Und neu zum Leid gewillt.

Komm her, gewohntes Leiden,
Ich wurde satt der Lust.
Wir wollen wieder streiten
Und ringen Brust an Brust.

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 103.

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) , "Return home", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Retour à la maison", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-21.
Last modified: 2018-08-08 13:21:46
Line count: 12
Word count: 55

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Retour à la maison

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

Je suis maintenant depuis longtemps
Un hôte en pays étranger,
Et ne suis pas encore guéri
De mon ancien fardeau.

J'ai cherché en tout lieu
Ce qui calme l'âme,
Je suis devenu maintenant plus calme
Et disposé à de nouvelles peines.

Approchez, habituelles peines
Je devenais saturé de plaisir,
Nous allons à nouveau batailler
Et lutter corps à corps.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Heimkehr", written 1901 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Reinhold Laquai, Hans Schmid-Kayser, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-12-27.
Last modified: 2017-12-27 05:28:28
Line count: 12
Word count: 59