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Language: German (Deutsch)

Mit blassen Flatterwolken
Soll dich in jeden Traum 
Mit dem wetterleuchtenden Wäldersaum 
Das Bild der Nacht verfolgen, 
Der fieberschwülen Spätsommernacht,
Da wir mit fackelbeglänzten
Verblätternden Rosen uns bekränzten,
Da du so schwül und gell gelacht.

Du sollst schlaflose Nächte lang
Die harten Stundenschläge zählen 
Und dich in Ängsten fieberbang 
Zurück durch alle Nöte quälen, 
Die ich seit jener Nacht erlitt, 
Da ich auf Nimmerwiedersehen 
Vorbei an Park, Schloß und Alleen 
Auf schwarzem Roß ins Elend ritt.

Translation(s): ENG

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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 60.

Submitted by 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) , "Curse", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-04-15.
Last modified: 2018-09-01 12:18:54
Line count: 16
Word count: 76

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

With pale fluttering clouds,
With the forest edge illumined by summer lightning,
May the image of that night
Pursue you into every dream,
That fever-humid late-summer night,
When we wreathed ourselves with
Shedding roses, shining in the torchlight,
When you laughed so sensuously and shrilly.

Through many sleepness nights
May you count the harsh strokes of the hours
And, in feverishly anxious fears, 
Torture yourself back through all the miseries
That I have suffered since that night,
When, never to see you again, I rode
Past the park, castle, and tree-lined roads
Into wretchedness upon a black steed.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Fluch", written 1900
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Oskar Ulmer. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-05-21.
Last modified: 2018-05-21 18:25:02
Line count: 16
Word count: 98