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Language: German (Deutsch)

Laufeuchte Winde schweifen,
Nachtvögel hört man überm Ried
Mit schweren Flügeln streifen
Und fern im Dorf ein Fischerlied.

Aus niegewesenen Zeiten
Sind trübe Sagen angestimmt
Und Klagen um ewige Leiden;
Weh dem, der sie bei Nacht vernimmt!

Laß klagen, Kind, laß rauschen!
Rings ist die Welt vom Leide schwer.
Wir wollen den Vögeln lauschen
Und auch dem Lied vom Dorfe her.

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 133.

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) , "At night", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Tombée de la nuit", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-07-12 15:50:17

Line count: 12
Word count: 61

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At night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Warm, humid winds roam about,
One hears night-birds roving
Over the reeds with heavy wings,
And far away in the village the song of a fisherman.

From times that never were,
Dreary voices are raised
And laments over eternal sufferings;
Woe unto him, who perceives them at night!

Let them lament, child, let them rustle!
The world around is laden with suffering.
Let us listen to the birds
And also to the song from the village.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Zunachten", written 1905 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Herbert Brust, Werner Bühler, Alois Heiduczek, Helmut König, Günther Langenberg, Gottfried Rüdinger, Hermann Schmidt-Teich, Carl von Szelle, Gerd Watkinson, Justus Hermann Wetzel, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-02-09 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-02-09 09:46:15

Line count: 12
Word count: 76