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Language: German (Deutsch)

Der müde Sommer senkt das Haupt
Und schaut sein falbes Bild im See.
Ich wandle müde und bestaubt
Im Schatten der Allee.

Durch Pappeln geht ein zager Wind,
Der Himmel hinter mir ist rot,
Und vor mir Abendängste sind
- Und Dämmerung - und Tod.

Ich wandle müde und bestaubt,
Und hinter mir bleibt zögernd stehn
Die Jugend, neigt das schöne Haupt
Und will nicht fürder mit mir gehn.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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 30.

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Sharon Krebs


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) , "The flight of youth", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Fuite de la jeunesse", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Fuga della giovinezza", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-09-21.
Last modified: 2018-03-24 13:18:53
Line count: 12
Word count: 69

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Fuite de la jeunesse

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

L'été exténué penche la tête
Et regarde son image fauve dans le lac.
J'erre las et couvert de poussière
Dans l'ombre de l'allée.

Un vent incertain passe dans les peupliers,
Derrière moi le ciel est rouge,
Et devant moi sont les peurs du soir,
Et le crépuscule et la mort.

J'erre las et couvert de poussière,
Et derrière moi reste réticente
La jeunesse qui baisse sa belle tête
Et ne veut plus aller plus loin avec moi.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Jugendflucht", written 1897, appears in Hermann Lauscher ENG ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Emil Anner, Robert Edler, Günter Habicht, Lukas Haug, Artur Immisch, Yrjö Henrik Kilpinen, Franz Krause, Günther Langenberg, Immo Schneider, Herbert Schultz, Ludwig Schütz, Carl von Szelle, Karl Weigl, Heinz Zabel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-12-21.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:43
Line count: 12
Word count: 77