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Language: German (Deutsch)

Hochmütig, schön und rätselhaft,
Der Mund voll Spott, die Stirn voll Stolz,
Der Blick voll loher Leidenschaft -
Und über deine Schulter hängt
Ein Bündel schweren Lockengolds.

Ich sah dich froh und mienenklar,
Sah dich in Nächten aufgerafft
Aus schwülem Bett mit wirrem Haar,
Ich sah dich hundertfach, doch jedesmal
Hochmütig, schön und rätselhaft.

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 44.

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) , "Portrait", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Portrait", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-07-06.
Last modified: 2018-07-25 12:04:15
Line count: 10
Word count: 54

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

Altière, belle et énigmatique
La bouche pleine de moqueries, le front de fierté
Le regard plein d'une passion brûlante ;
Et sur ton épaule pend
Un faisceau de lourdes boucles blondes.

Je t'ai vue joyeuse et limpide
Je t'ai vue dans les nuits, fiévreuse,
Sortir ébouriffée d'un lit chaud,
Je t'ai vue cent fois, et chaque fois
Altière, belle et énigmatique.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Porträt", written 1898 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolph Ganz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-02-11.
Last modified: 2018-02-11 12:11:35
Line count: 10
Word count: 61