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Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Schneewind packt mich jäh von vorn,
Mein Schlitten knirscht im schnellen Lauf,
Genüber streckt sein fahles Horn
Der wolkenblasse Eiger auf.

Ein kühler Siegesmut erfaßt
Mein Herz mit unbekannter Lust,
Als trüg ich eine werte Last
Von Stolz und Glück in meiner Brust.

Was noch von Krankheit in mir schlief,
Ich riß es es aus mit fester Hand
Und warf es lachend steil und tief
Hinunter ins verschneite Land.

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 116.

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) , "Sleigh ride", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Voyage en traîneau", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-05-19.
Last modified: 2018-08-16 11:45:01
Line count: 12
Word count: 70

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Voyage en traîneau

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

Le blizzard soudain me saisit de front,
Mon traîneau crisse dans sa course rapide
En face la corne blafarde
De l'Eiger émerge de nuages blêmes.

Un froid sentiment de victoire saisit
Mon cœur d'un plaisir inconnu,
Comme si je portais une précieuse charge 
De fierté et de bonheur dans ma poitrine.

Ce qui dormait encore en moi de maladie,
Je le déchirai d'une main ferme
Et en riant je le lançai  à pic, au fond
Dans le pays enneigé d'en bas.

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Text added to the website: 2018-02-11.
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Word count: 81