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Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie ferne Tritte hörst du 's schallen,
Doch weit umher ist nichts zu sehn,
Als wie die Blätter träumend fallen
Und rauschend mit dem Wind verwehn.

Es dringt hervor wie leise Klagen,
Die immer neuem Schmerz entstehn,
Wie Wehruf aus entschwundnen Tagen,
Wie stetes Kommen und Vergehn.

Du hörst, wie durch der Bäume Gipfel
Die Stunden unaufhaltsam gehn,
Der Nebel regnet in die Wipfel,
Du weinst und kannst es nicht verstehn.

Translation(s): ENG

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , title 1: "Autumn feelings", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2016-10-27 17:28:14
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Word count: 71

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Autumn feelings

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 As distant steps you hear resound,
 however far you roam is never far enough,
 as dreams like the leaves, fall
 and blow away, sighing in the wind.
 Invading like faint sorrows,
 the pain, ever new, always remains,
 how the memory of bygone days,
 how it goes only to return again.
 You hear, as through the tree-tops
 the hours inexorably pass,
 the fog dripping through the 'tops;
 you weep and do not know why.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Hermann Frey (1839 - 1911), as Martin Greif, "Herbstgefühl", appears in Lieder
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Fritz Jürgens, Emil Mattiesen, Joseph Pembaur, Hans Erich Pfitzner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:31
Line count: 12
Word count: 74