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Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich singe von deinem seidenen Schuh
Und von deinem rauschenden Kleid,
Ich träume dich jede Nacht, o du,
Meine Böse, mein Herzeleid!

Ich weiß keinen Namen als deinen,
Ich kann um keinen Schmerz
Und um keine Lust mehr weinen,
Als um dich allein, mein Herz.

Ich will kein Glück mehr kennen
Und keine andere Not,
Als um dich in Sehnsucht brennen -
O du, warum bist du tot?

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 152.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani 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) , "Love song", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson d'amour", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-29.
Last modified: 2018-09-30 04:58:30
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

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Love song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I sing of your silken shoe
And of your rustling gown,
I dream you every night, oh you,
My evil one, my heart’s sorrow!

I know no name but yours,
I can no longer weep for
Any pain and any joy,
Except for you alone, my heart.

I wish to know no other joy
And no other distress,
Except to burn with yearning for you - 
Oh you, why are you dead?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Liebeslied", subtitle: "(1908)", written 1908 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Duttweiler, Friedrich Niggli, Immo Schneider. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-10-08.
Last modified: 2018-10-08 04:57:03
Line count: 12
Word count: 72