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Wie eine weiße Wolke

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie eine weiße Wolke 
Am hohen Himmel steht,
So weiß und schön und ferne
Bist du, Elisabeth.

Die Wolke geht und wandert,
Kaum hast du ihrer acht,
Und doch durch deine Träume
Geht sie in dunkler Nacht.

Geht und erglänzt so silbern,
Daß fortan ohne Rast
Du nach der weißen Wolke
Ein süßes Heimweh hast.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 2 Die Romane, Peter Camenzind, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2001, page 170.

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 69.

Submitted by Claus Swienty 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 © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , no title, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-08-30 10:09:10
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Comme un nuage blanc

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

Comme un nuage blanc
là-haut dans le ciel,
tu es, Élisabeth,
aussi blanche et belle et lointaine.

Le nuage passe et voyage,
tu ne fais guère attention à lui,
et pourtant dans tes rêves
il passe dans la sombre nuit.

Il passe et brille si argenté
que désormais, sans cesse,
tu as du blanc nuage
une douce nostalgie.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), no title, written 1900, appears in Neue deutsche Lyriker III, in Buch der Liebe, in Elisabeth, no. 3 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Richard Czelinski, Frédéric Decrauzat, Georg Ebner, Clara Faisst, Edwin Fischer, Hans Gräch, Alfred Grunert, Erwin Hauff, Fritz Hayn, Fritz Jürgens, Hans Klenk, Franz Krause, Hubert Kross, M. Kuntzel, Wilhelm Lache, Günther Langenberg, Tage Nielsen, Friedrich Riepe, Immo Schneider, Othmar Schoeck, Karl Scholz, Bernhard Seidmann, Heinrich Simbriger, Claus Swienty, Herbert Thienemann, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-12-21.
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