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Language: German (Deutsch)

Ferneher der Donner ruft,
Schwarze Wolkenmänner jagen
Stöhnend durch die schwüle Luft
Und der Wald beginnt zu klagen.

Einsam durch das weite Feld
Kommt ein Pilger hergeschritten,
Einer, der im Kampf der Welt
Schmach und Wunden viel erlitten.

Zitternd knistert Zweig und Laub,
Schwüler wird die Luft und gelber,
Dick in Wolken fliegt der Staub,
Und der Pilger bin ich selber.

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 101.

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) , "Pilgrim", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Pèlerin", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-06-18.
Last modified: 2018-08-31 17:14:02
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Thunder calls from far away,
Black cloud-men scud,
Moaning, through the humid air
And the forest begins to lament.

Solitary through the broad field
A pilgrim comes a-striding,
One who in the battle of the world
Has suffered much humiliation and many wounds.

Trembling, branch and foliage rustle,
The air becomes more humid and more yellow,
The dust flies thickly in clouds,
And I myself am the pilgrim.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Pilger", subtitle: "(1901)", written 1901 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Werner Wehrli. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-05-19.
Last modified: 2018-05-19 10:29:39
Line count: 12
Word count: 68