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Es nachtet schon, die Straße ruht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es nachtet schon, die Straße ruht,
Seitab treibt mit verschlafenen Schlägen
Der Strom mit seiner trägen Flut
Der stummen Finsternis entgegen.
Er rauscht in seinem tiefen Bett
So wegverdrossen, rauh und schwer,
Als ob er Lust zu ruhen hätt,
Und ich bin wohl so müd wie er.
Das ist durch Nacht und fremdes Land
Ein traurig Miteinanderziehn,
Ein Wandern stumm und unverwandt
Zu zwein, und keiner weiß wohin.

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 120.

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

Text added to the website: 2009-04-30 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-31 10:20:30

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Word count: 68

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Night falls already, the street rests

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Night falls already, the street rests,
Yonder with sleepy strokes
The river with its sluggish waters
Surges toward the mute darkness.

The river rushes in its deep bed
So disgruntled with its path, rough and heavy,
As if it desired to rest,
And I am surely as weary as it is.

That is a sorrowful communal travelling
Through night and foreign land,
A wandering, mute and in a non-kindred twosome
And no one knows whither.

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Translations of title(s):
"Nachtwanderung" = "Wandering at night"
"Nachtgang" = "Nighttime walk"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Nachtgang", subtitle: "(1902)", written 1902 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinz Bischoff, Richard Czelinski, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-05-15 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-05-15 21:18:09

Line count: 12
Word count: 75