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Deinem Blick darf meiner nicht begegnen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Deinem Blick darf meiner nicht begegnen,
Meine Seele, die so viel gelitten,
Darf gebeugt nicht mehr die deine bitten:
Wolle die verlorene Schwester segnen!

Leise nur im allertiefsten Innern
Will sie der gewesenen Schwesterzeiten,
Der in Schmach verspielten Seligkeiten,
Schweigend und mit Schmerzen sich erinnern.

Translation(s): ENG

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An earlier version of this text first appeared in the novel Hermann Lauscher, published 1900.

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 106.

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) , "My gaze must not encounter yours", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-16.
Last modified: 2018-08-13 09:50:31
Line count: 8
Word count: 45

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My gaze must not encounter yours

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

My gaze must not encounter yours 
My soul that has suffered so much
Must, bowed down, no longer utter pleas to yours:
May the lost sister[-soul] be blessed!

Only quietly in the deepest depths of my being
Shall [my soul] think back to the past time of sisterhood,
To the bliss disgracefully squandered,
[Think back] silently and with pain.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), no title, written 1901, appears in Marienlieder, no. 3
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Emil Anner, Reinhold Laquai, Immo Schneider, Bruno Straumann, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-02-05.
Last modified: 2018-02-05 00:46:10
Line count: 8
Word count: 59