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Ich wollt ich wär eine Blume

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich wollt ich wär eine Blume,
Du kämest still gegangen,
Nähmst mich zum Eigentume
In deine Hand gefangen.

Auch wär ich gern ein roter Wein
Und flösse süß durch deinen Mund
Und ganz und gar in dich hinein
Und machte dich und mich gesund.

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 277.

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) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-05 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-09-01 17:15:54
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I wish I were a flower

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I wish I were a flower,
You would come quietly walking past
And would take me into your possession,
Imprisoned in your hand.

I would also gladly be a red wine
And would flow sweetly through your mouth
And utterly and completely into you
And would heal you and myself.

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Translations of title(s):
"Liebeslied" = "Love song"
"Liebeslied II" = "Love song II"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Liebeslied", subtitle: "(Mai 1922)", written 1922 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Laci Boldemann, Werner Bühler, Hermann Christian Georg Erdlen, Erwin Hauff, Yrjö Henrik Kilpinen, Hans Nahme, Immo Schneider, Eugen Störkle, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-10-08 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-10-08 05:03:51
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Word count: 50