The LiederNet Archive
WARNING. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net

Daß ich so oft mit leisem Leid

Language: German (Deutsch)

Daß ich so oft mit leisem Leid
Durch die begrünten Äcker gehe
Und in den Lüften hoch und weit
Die hellen Wolken fahren sehe,

Und daß ich stehen bleiben muß,
Wo Kinder sind in einem Garten,
Und lange still auf einen Gruß
Und auf ein liebes Lachen warten,

Und daß ich nicht mehr neidisch bin
Auf fremden Ruhm, auf fremdes Brot,
Und daß ich so zufrieden bin, --
-- Ist das schon Herbst? Ist das schon Tod?

Translation(s): ENG FRE

List of language codes

About the headline (FAQ)

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 111.

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 © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-04.
Last modified: 2018-08-11 12:02:49
Line count: 12
Word count: 75

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

That I so often with quiet suffering

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

That I so often with quiet suffering
Walk through the greening fields
And, high and broadly in the air,
See the bright clouds scudding,

And that I must stop and stand
Where there are children in a garden,
And wait a long time for a greeting
And for sweet laughter,

And that I am no longer envious
Of the fame of others, of others’ bread,
And that I am so contented, --
-- Is that already autumn? Is that already death?

IMPORTANT NOTE: The material directly above is protected by copyright and appears here by special permission. If you wish to copy it and distribute it, you must obtain permission or you will be breaking the law. Once you have permission, you must give credit to the author and display the copyright symbol ©. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense under international law.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Ist das schon Herbst?" = "Is that already autumn?"
"Daß ich so oft --" = "That I so often"
"Daß ich so oft mit leisem Leid" = "That I so often with quiet suffering"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


    licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
    (licenses at lieder dot net)

Based on


Text added to the website: 2018-02-09.
Last modified: 2018-02-09 09:47:21
Line count: 12
Word count: 79