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So mußt Du allen Dingen

Language: German (Deutsch)

So mußt Du allen Dingen
Bruder und Schwester sein,
Daß sie dich ganz durchdringen,
Daß du nicht scheidest Mein und Dein.

Kein Stern, kein Laub soll fallen --
Du mußt mit ihm vergehn!
So wirst du auch mit allen
Allstündlich auferstehn.

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 152.

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) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Poème gnomique", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-07-27 11:59:29

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Thus you must to all things

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Thus you must to all things
A brother and sister be,
So that they merge with you completely,
So that you do not differentiate between mine and yours.

No star, no leaf shall fall
[But] that you perish with it!
Thus you will with all things
Be resurrected hourly.

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Translated titles:
"Spruch" = "Maxim"
"Auferstehen" = "Resurrection"
"So mußt du allen Dingen" = "Thus you must to all things"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Spruch", written 1908, appears in Unterwegs, first published 1911 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hermann Ambrosius, Klaus Bässler, Joachim Faber-Krause, Wilhelm Fehres, Alfred Grunert, Alfred Keller, Ernst Klug, Hans-Hermann Kurig, W. Latsch, Heinz Lau, Johannes Nørgaard, Helmut Paulsen, August Reuss, Martin Schlensog, Immo Schneider, Käthe Schumann, Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling, Karl Heinz Taubert, Grete Wilhelm. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-05-19 00:00:00.

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