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Language: German (Deutsch)

Du stehst von Sommerfreude trunken
Im seligen Licht und atmest kaum,
Der Himmel scheint in deinen Kelch versunken,
Die Lüfte wehn in deinem Flaum.

Und wenn sie alle Schuld und Pein
Von meiner Seele könnten wehen,
So dürft ich wohl dein Bruder sein
Und stille Tage bei dir stehen.

So wäre meinen Weltenfahrten
Ein selig leichtes Ziel ersehn,
Gleich dir durch Gottes Träumegarten
Als blauer Sommertraum zu gehn.

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 202.

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) , "Gentian flower", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Fleur de gentiane", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-06.
Last modified: 2018-08-28 12:48:23
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

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Gentian flower

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Drunk with the joys of summer, you stand
In blessed light and barely breathe,
The sky seems to have descended into your calyx,
The breezes blow in your downy petals.

And could they waft away all the
Guilt and torment of my soul,
Then I might well be your brother
And stand beside you for quiet days.

Thus would my journeying through the world
Be granted a blithe and blessed goal,
To pass like you through God’s garden of dreams
As a blue summer-dream.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Enzianblüte", written 1913 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ferdinand Gerhardt, Walther Hecklinger, Max Kowalski, Theophil Laitenberger, Johannes Nørgaard, Hugo Rolle, Alfred Stier. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-04-20.
Last modified: 2018-04-20 10:12:16
Line count: 12
Word count: 84