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Seltsam, im Nebel zu wandern!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Seltsam, im Nebel zu wandern!
Einsam ist jeder Busch und Stein,
Kein Baum sieht den andern,
Jeder ist allein.

Voll Freunden war mir die Welt,
Als noch mein Leben licht war;
Nun, da der Nebel fällt,
Ist keiner mehr sichtbar.

Wahrlich, keiner ist weise,
Der nicht das Dunkel kennt,
Das unentrinnbar und leise
Von allen ihn trennt.

Seltsam, im Nebel zu wandern!
Leben ist Einsamsein.
Kein Mensch kennt den andern,
Jeder ist allein.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE IRI ITA

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H. Nobis sets stanzas 1-2

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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, pages 136-137.

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 [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "In the mists", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dans le brouillard", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Sa cheobhrán", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Nebbia", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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Odd, to wander in the fog!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Odd, to wander in the fog!
Every bush and rock is solitary,
No tree sees another one,
Each one is alone.

The world was full of joy for me
When my life was still full of light;
Now that the fog is falling
No one is visible any longer.

Truly, no one is wise
Who does not know the darkness,
Which inescapably and quietly
Separates him from everyone.

Odd, to wander in the fog!
Life is loneliness.
No person knows the other,
Everyone is alone.

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Translations of title(s):
"Seltsam, im Nebel zu wandern!" = "Odd, to wander in the fog"
"Im Nebel" = "In the fog"
"Nebellied" = "Fog song"
"Herbstlied" = "Autumn song"
"Nebel" = "Fog"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Im Nebel", written 1905 FRE IRI ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Walther Aeschbacher, Franz Bauer, Wilhelm Behrens, Kurt Bikkembergs, Friedrich Blankenburg, Fritz Braun, Werner Bühler, Gustav Bumcké, Hans-Georg Burghardt, Richard Czelinski, Frédéric Decrauzat, Helene Regina Dehner, Heinz Dunker, Manfred Ehrhorn, Gottfried von Einem, Karl Etti, Victor Fenigstein, Franz Josef Frey, Géza Frid, Heinrich Funk, Maria Anna Gary, Ferdinand Gerhardt, Joseph Haas, Luise Katharina Hagenmeyer, Erwin Hauff, Oswald Hellmuth, Hugo Herrmann, Jakob Herrmann, Artur Hoffmann, K. E. Hoffmann, Eugen Holzwarth, Bertold Hummel, Fritz Ihlau, Ludwig Jamöck, Otto Jochum, Karl Klingler, Christian Knayer, Egon Kornauth, Hans Kracke, Franz Krause, Rudolf Krauss, Margot Kuchenbäcker, Hans-Hermann Kurig, Walter Lange, Hans-Klaus Langer, Ernst Ludwig Leitner, Robert Leukauf, Ernst Levy, Orlando de Martin, Hans-Joachim Marx, Franz Melendorff, Viktor Merz, Ernst Meyerolbersleben, Alfred Moos, Otto Müller-Blum, Hans Nahme, Herbert Nobis, Robert Owens, Casimir von Pászthory, Krzysztof Penderecki, Emil Petschnig, Hildegard Quiel, Hans-Joachim Reimann, August Reuss, Martin Rössler, Otto Scheuch, Josy Schlageter, Martin Schlensog, Immo Schneider, Othmar Schoeck, Karl Scholz, Karl Schrickel, Käthe Schumann, Herbert Schweikert, Klaus Sochatzy, Walter Steffens, Frank Steiner, Erich Stelse, Alfred Stier, Gerhard Stöckel, Benjamin Stoll, Hans Uwe Strübing, Arthur Stubbe, Karl Heinz Taubert, Oskar Ulmer, Fried Walter, Hans-Klaus Wanger, Heinrich Wasser, Gerd Watkinson, Ernst Widmer, Grete Wilhelm, Felix Wolfes, Georg Wolfsohn, Christof Wüst, Heinz Zabel, Johannes Zentner, Leo Zeÿen. Go to the text.


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