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Es nachtet schon, die Straße ruht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es nachtet schon, die Straße ruht,
Seitab treibt mit verschlafenen Schlägen
Der Strom mit seiner trägen Flut
Der stummen Finsternis entgegen.
Er rauscht in seinem tiefen Bett
So wegverdrossen, rauh und schwer,
Als ob er Lust zu ruhen hätt,
Und ich bin wohl so müd wie er.
Das ist durch Nacht und fremdes Land
Ein traurig Miteinanderziehn,
Ein Wandern stumm und unverwandt
Zu zwein, und keiner weiß wohin.

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 120.

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: 2009-04-30 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-31 10:20:30

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Il fait déjà nuit, la rue repose

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Il fait déjà nuit, la rue repose,
Le bruit endormi des flots indolents
Du fleuve me pousse  à l'écart,
À la rencontre de la muette obscurité.

Il bruisse dans son lit profond,
Passe renfrogné, dur et lourd,
Comme s'il avait plaisir à se reposer,
Et je suis bien fatigué autant que lui,

C'est dans la nuit et à l'étranger
Une triste course de conserve,
Un voyage à deux, muet et dépareillé
Et personne ne sait où il mène.

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Translations of title(s):
"Nachtgang" = "Promenade de nuit"
"Nachtwanderung" = "Promenade de nuit"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Nachtgang", subtitle: "(1902)", written 1902 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinz Bischoff, Richard Czelinski, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-02-11 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-02-11 12:05:41

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Word count: 78