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Der See starrt wie Glas

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der See starrt wie Glas,
Am steilen Hügelhang
Weht silbern das dünne Gras.

Jammernd und todesbang
Schreit ein Kiebitz in der Luft,
Taumelt in zuckenden Bogen.

Vom anderen Ufer herübergeflogen
Kommt Sensengeläut und sehnlicher Wiesenduft.

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 150.

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 © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-23.
Last modified: 2018-08-16 11:46:24
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Word count: 35

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Le lac est immobile comme un miroir

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Le lac est immobile comme un miroir,
Sur le versant escarpé d'un coteau
Les fines herbes argentées se balancent.

Gémissant et mort de peur
Un vanneau crie dans les airs
Et titube en courbes pantelantes.

De l'autre rive arrive jusqu'ici
Le bruit des faucilles et le parfum nostalgique des praires.

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Translations of title(s):
"Tag im Juni" = "Jour de juin"
"Windiger Tag im Juni" = "Jour venteux de juin"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2019 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Windiger Tag im Juni", written 1907 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Otto Maurer, Grete Wilhelm, Heinz Zabel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-02-02.
Last modified: 2019-02-02 13:07:40
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