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Im Kastanienbaum der Wind

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Kastanienbaum der Wind
Reckt verschlafen sein Gefieder,
An den spitzen Dächern rinnt
Dämmerung und Mondschein nieder.

Alle Brunnen rauschen kühl
Vor sich hin verworrene Sagen,
Zehnuhrglocken im Gestühl
Rüsten feierlich zum Schlagen.

In den Gärten unbelauscht
Schlummern mondbeglänzte Bäume,
Durch die runden Kronen rauscht
Tief das Atmen schöner Träume.

Zögernd leg ich aus der Hand
Meine warmgespielte Geige,
Staune weit ins blaue Land,
Träume, sehne mich und schweige.

Translation(s): ENG FRE 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 132.

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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG by Joseph Lauber.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Spring night", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Nuit de printemps", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-07-12.
Last modified: 2018-09-01 12:23:54
Line count: 16
Word count: 69

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Spring night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the chestnut tree the wind
Sleepily stretches its plumage,
Upon the steep rooftops twilight
And moonlight runs down.

All the wells coolly tell, as they ripple,
Complicated legends to themselves,
The ten-o’clock bells in the turret
Solemnly prepare themselves to peal.

In the gardens secretly
Trees radiant with moonlight sleep,
Through their rounded crowns soughs
Deeply the breathing of lovely dreams.

Reluctantly I lay down from my hand
The violin that is warm from being played,
Marvelling, I gaze far into the blue land,
Dream, yearn, and fall silent.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Frühlingsnacht", written 1902 FRE FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Beckert, Rudolf Brömel, Helene Regina Dehner, Joseph Lauber, Krzysztof Penderecki, Johannes Schmiedel, Karl Franz Schwarz, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-05-28.
Last modified: 2018-05-28 15:23:31
Line count: 16
Word count: 90