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Ich liebe Frauen, die vor tausend Jahren

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich liebe Frauen, die vor tausend Jahren
Geliebt von Dichtern und besungen waren.

Ich liebe Städte, deren leere Mauern
Königsgeschlechter alter Zeit betrauern.

Ich liebe Städte, die erstehen werden,
Wenn niemand mehr von heute lebt auf Erden.

Ich liebe Frauen -- schlanke, wunderbare,
Die ungeboren ruhn im Schoß der Jahre.

Sie werden einst mit ihrer sternebleichen
Schönheit der Schönheit meiner Träume gleichen.

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 71.

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: 2009-05-19.
Last modified: 2018-08-15 10:25:15
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J'aime les femmes qui depuis des...

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

J'aime les femmes qui depuis des milliers d'années
Furent aimées et chantées par des poètes.

J'aime les villes dont les murs déserts
Portent le deuil de dynasties royales des anciens temps.

J'aime les villes qui seront érigées
Lorsque plus personne d'aujourd'hui ne vivra sur terre.

J'aime les femmes ‑ sveltes, splendides
Qui pas encore nées reposent dans les entrailles des années.

Elles seront un jour dans leur pâleur d'étoile
Pareilles à la beauté de la beauté de mes rêves.

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Translations of title(s):
"Ich liebe Frauen, die vor tausend Jahren" = "J'aime les femmes qui depuis des milliers d'années"
"Ich liebe Frauen --" = "J'aime les femmes"


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