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Ihr, die ihr geht an mir vorbei

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ihr, die ihr geht an mir vorbei
So furchtsam und bescheiden,
Ihr wisset nicht, was Leiden
Und wisset nicht, was Liebe sei.

Und auch den Garten kennt ihr nicht,
Den schwülen Träumegarten,
Wo Rosen sterbend warten,
Und jedes Scharlachblatt ist ein Gedicht.

Ihr geht vorbei und scheuet schier
Mich anzuschaun ein wenig,
Und doch bin ich ein König
Und hundertmal so stolz und reich als ihr!

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 64.

Submitted by 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) , no title, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Vous qui passez près de moi", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-08-19 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-09-01 17:18:07

Line count: 12
Word count: 66

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Vous qui passez près de moi

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

Vous qui passez près de moi
Si craintifs et si modestes,
Vous ne savez pas ce qu'est la souffrance,
Et ne savez pas ce qu'est l'amour.

Et vous ne connaissez pas non plus le jardin,
Le lourd jardin de rêves
Où des roses mourantes attendent,
Et où chaque feuille écarlate est un poème.

Vous passez près de moi et avez presque peur
De me regarder un peu,
Et pourtant je suis un roi,
Et cent fois plus fier et riche que vous !

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Text added to the website: 2019-05-03 00:00:00.

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Word count: 83