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Die ganze Straße war in Ruh

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die ganze Straße war in Ruh 
Und nur dein Fenster war noch rot,
In deinem Zimmer warst nur du,
Du und der Tod. 

Die Nacht war wolkenschwarz und trieb
Verdorrte Blätter träg in Reihn.
Sie sprach zu mir: Ich hab dich lieb,
Laß mich herein.

Dein Licht erlosch; ich war allein.
Da ward mein Fenster aufgemacht,
Und lange sassen wir zu zwein,
Ich und die Nacht.

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 24.

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 © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-30.
Last modified: 2018-03-24 18:00:38
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

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The entire street lay in rest

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The entire street lay in rest
And only your window still gleamed red,
In your room there was only you,
You and death.

The night was black with clouds and drove
Dried leaves sluggishly in rows.
[Night] spoke to me: I love you,
Let me in.

Your light went out; I was alone
Then my window was opened,
And long we sat as a twosome,
I and the night.

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Translations of title(s):
"Die ganze Straße war in Ruh" = "The entire street lay in rest"
"Der Toten I" = "To the dead woman I"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), no title, written c1898, appears in Der Toten, no. 1 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolph Bergh, Werner Wehrli. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-01-03.
Last modified: 2018-01-03 22:18:22
Line count: 12
Word count: 69