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Aus der Kindheit her

Language: German (Deutsch)

Aus der Kindheit her
Weht ein Klang mir nach,
Der mir [einst]1 die Seligkeit versprach --
Ohne ihn wär Leben viel zu schwer.
Tönt sein Zauber nicht,
Steh ich ohne Licht,
Sehe Angst und Dunkel rings umher.
Aber immer wieder durch das Leid,
Das ich mir erwarb,
Klingt der süße Ton voll Seligkeit,
Den kein Weh und keine Schuld verdarb.
Liebe Stimme du,
Licht in meinem Haus,
Lösche niemals wieder aus,
Tu die blauen Augen niemals zu!
Sonst verliert die Welt
Allen holden Schein,
Stern um Sternlein fällt,
Und ich steh allein.

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 253.

1 Bauer: "nicht"

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) , "From my childhood", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Venant de l'enfance", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-29 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-01-10 10:43:47

Line count: 19
Word count: 91

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From my childhood

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

From my childhood
A sound wafts after me,
[A sound] that [once]1 promised me happiness --
Without it, living would be far too hard.
When its magic does not sound,
I am left without light,
I see fear and darkness all around me.
But ever again through the suffering,
Which I acquired for myself,
The sweet tone full of bliss rings out,
[The tone] that no pain and no guilt has spoiled.
You dear voice,
Light in my house,
Never again let yourself be extinguished,
Never close your blue eyes!
Else the world shall lose
All its lovely radiance,
Star upon star would fall,
And I would stand alone.

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1 Bauer: "did not"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Aus der Kindheit her", written 1918 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Bauer, Immo Schneider, Anton Würz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-02-28 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-02-28 13:23:10

Line count: 19
Word count: 108