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So ziehen Sterne ihre Bahn

Language: German (Deutsch)

So ziehen Sterne ihre Bahn,
Unwandelbar und unverstanden!
Wir winden uns in hundert Banden,
Du steigst von Glanz zu Glanz hinan.

Dein Leben ist ein einzig Licht!
Ich muß aus meinen Dunkelheiten
Sehnsüchtige Arme nach dir breiten,
Du lächelst und verstehst mich nicht.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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 41.

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
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Così le stelle percorrono", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-01.
Last modified: 2018-03-31 13:17:24
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Word count: 43

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Thus the stars travel along their...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Thus the stars travel along their courses,
Unchanging and uncomprehended!
We writhe in a hundred fetters,
You rise, passing from radiance to radiance.

Your life is nothing but light!
From my darknesses I must
Stretch forth yearning arms to you,
You smile and do not understand me.

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Translations of title(s):
"So ziehen Sterne --" = "Thus the stars travel--"
"So ziehen Sterne ihre Bahn" = "Thus the stars travel along their courses"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "So ziehen Sterne --", written 1898, appears in Maria, no. 2 FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Immo Schneider, Gerhard Wiemer, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-05-03.
Last modified: 2018-05-16 10:49:33
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