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Spät auf der Straße

Language: German (Deutsch)

Laternen spiegeln durch die Nacht
Im nassen Straßenpflaster --
In dieser späten Stunde wacht
Nur noch die Not und das Laster.

Ich grüße euch, die ihr wachet,
Euch, die ihr liegt in Not und Leid,
Euch, die ihr lärmet und lachet
Und die ihr alle meine Brüder seid.

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 104.

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) , "Upon the street late at night", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Tard dans la rue", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-03.
Last modified: 2019-01-05 13:31:19
Line count: 8
Word count: 47

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Upon the street late at night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

At night lanterns are reflected
In the wet pavement --
At this late hour only misery
And vice are still awake.

I greet you, you who keep watch,
You who lie in misery and suffering,
You who make noise and laugh
And who are all my brethren.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Spät auf der Straße", written 1901 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wolfgang Rolf Ackermann, Hans-Georg Burghardt, Heinz Dunker, Will Eisenmann, Otto Siegl, Gerd Watkinson, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-01-20.
Last modified: 2019-01-20 13:59:02
Line count: 8
Word count: 46