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Der Wind ruht in den Ästen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Wind ruht in den Ästen,
Und schaukelt sich müde nur,
Es klingt wie von fernen Festen
Eines Liedes schwindende Spur.

Mein Glück ist schlafen gangen,
Und lacht nur halb im Traum
Mit schönen, schmalen Wangen
Und schönen Lippen kaum.

Meine Liebe legt sich nieder
In meines Liedes Schoß
Und dehnt ihre feinen Glieder
Und machet die Augen groß.

Der Verse leichte Zügel
Fallen mir aus der Hand,
Mein Lied lenkt seine Flügel
In ein grünes Schlummerland.

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 34.

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) , "The wind rests in the boughs", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-30T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-08-16T11:53:00
Line count: 16
Word count: 77

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The wind rests in the boughs

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The wind rests in the boughs,
And rocks itself but wearily;
As if from distant celebrations 
Sounds the vanishing trace of a song.

My happiness has gone to sleep,
And only half laughs in a dream
With beautiful, slender cheeks 
And lovely lips hardly.

My love lies down
In the lap of my song
And stretches her delicate limbs
And opens her eyes widely.

The light reins of the verses
Fall out of my hand,
My song turns its wings
Toward a green slumber-land.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), no title, written 1898, appears in Sommerruhe, no. 1 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinz Bischoff, Werner Bühler, Richard Czelinski, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-01-07T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-01-07T12:48:19
Line count: 16
Word count: 84