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Aus der Kindheit her

Language: German (Deutsch)

Aus der Kindheit her
Weht ein Klang mir nach,
Der mir [einst]1 die Seligkeit versprach --
Ohne ihn wär Leben viel zu schwer.
Tönt sein Zauber nicht,
Steh ich ohne Licht,
Sehe Angst und Dunkel rings umher.
Aber immer wieder durch das Leid,
Das ich mir erwarb,
Klingt der süße Ton voll Seligkeit,
Den kein Weh und keine Schuld verdarb.
Liebe Stimme du,
Licht in meinem Haus,
Lösche niemals wieder aus,
Tu die blauen Augen niemals zu!
Sonst verliert die Welt
Allen holden Schein,
Stern um Sternlein fällt,
Und ich steh allein.

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 253.

1 Bauer: "nicht"

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) , "From my childhood", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Venant de l'enfance", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-29 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-01-10 10:43:47

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