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Im Garten meiner Mutter steht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Garten meiner Mutter steht
Ein weißer Birkenbaum.
Ein leiser Wind im Laube geht,
So leis, man hört ihn kaum.

Meine Mutter in den Wegen geht
Mit Trauer her und hin.
Und in Gedanken suchen geht,
Sie weiß nicht wo ich bin.

Mich treibet eine dunkle Schuld
Umher in Schmach und Not.
Mein Mütterlein, hab Du Geduld
Und denk, ich wäre tot.

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 54.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Roland Kupper


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) , "In the garden of my mother stands", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Il y a dans le jardin de ma mère", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-11-17 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-09-02 17:00:27

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In the garden of my mother stands

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the garden of my mother stands
A white birch tree.
A quiet wind passes through its foliage,
So quietly that one scarcely hears it.

My mother walks on the pathways,
Back and forth in sorrow.
And in her thoughts she searches,
[For] she does not know where I am.

A dark [burden of] guilt drives me
To wander about in disgrace and misery.
My dear mother, exercise patience [waiting for me to come back]
And [in the meantime] imagine that I am dead.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), no title, written 1900 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolf Brömel, Richard Czelinski, Reinhold Laquai, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-06-20 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-09-02 16:56:54

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