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Mir zittern die Saiten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mir zittern die Saiten
Und stimmen die Weise an,
Die ich für dich vorzeiten,
Die ich für dich in einem Mai
Aus lauter Glück ersann.

Ich führe den Bogen
So scheu und leis gespannt,
Wie ich ihn [da]1 gezogen,
Da ich [in einer fernen]2 Nacht
Vor deinem Fenster stand.

Mein Herz ist beklommen
Von Liedern andrer Zeit --
Weiß Gott, wie das gekommen,
Daß mir aus deiner Liebe ward
So eitel Weh und Leid.

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, pages 47-48.

1 J. Marx: "dort"
2 J. Marx: "in ferner"

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) , "Con sordino", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Con sordino", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-29.
Last modified: 2017-10-05 12:38:12
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