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Sei du willkommen, frühe Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sei du willkommen, frühe Nacht,
Die mich umfängt und müde macht,
Sei du willkommen, Bruder Tod!
Ich sehe Sterne scheinen,
Ach, meine Mutter wird weinen --
Nein, weine nicht, ich leide keine Not!

Du Fremder, der mich hingestreckt,
Nun liegst auch du von Nacht bedeckt
Im friedevollen Sternenschein,
Und unser Streit und Hassen
Muß in der Nacht verblassen,
Bald werden wir versöhnt und Brüder sein.

Nimm mich, du Welt, an deine Brust
Und ströme deine dunkle Lust
Noch einmal durch mein ängstlich Herz.
Wie sind wir irr gegangen
Und müssen doch gelangen
Zur Mutter alle heimatwärts

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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E. Reichert sets stanza 3

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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 225.

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) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2019-03-02 17:13:51

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Word count: 95

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Be welcome, you early night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Be welcome, you early night
That enfolds me and makes me weary,
Be welcome, Brother Death!
I see stars shining,
Ah, my mother shall weep --
No, do not weep; I suffer no distress!

You stranger who felled me,
Now you, too, lie shrouded in night
In the peaceful radiance of the stars,
And our quarrel and hatred
Must grow pale in the night;
Soon we shall be reconciled and brethren.

Gather me, world, to your breast,
And pour your dark passion
Once more through my fearful heart.
How we went astray!
And yet we must all find our way
Homeward to our mother.

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Translations of title(s):
"Tod im Felde" = "Death on the battlefield"
"Nimm mich, du Welt, an deine Brust" = "Gather me, world, to your breast"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Tod im Felde", written 1914 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedrich Niggli, Eugen Papst, Ernst Reichert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-05-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-01 06:18:41

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Word count: 103