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Über die Alpen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das ist ein Wandern, wenn der Schnee
Der Alpenberge kühl erglänzt,
Indes der erste blaue See
Italiens schon die Sicht begrenzt!

Durch Höhenwind und herbe Luft
Weht eine süße Ahnung her
Von violettem Ferneduft
Und südlich übersonntem Meer.

Und weiter sehnt das Auge sich
Zum hellen Florentiner Dom
Und träumt nach jedem Hügelstrich
Aufsteigend das beglänzte Rom.

Schon formt die Lippe unbewußt
Der fremden schönen Sprache Laut,
Indes ein Meer verklärter Lust
Dir schauernd warm entgegenblaut.

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 79.

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) , "Over the alps", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au-dessus des Alpes", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-06 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-12 16:29:22

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Word count: 76

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Au‑dessus des Alpes

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

Voilà une randonnée lorsque la neige
Des montagnes des Alpes jette un éclat froid,
Tandis  qu'à la limite du regard apparaît
Le premier lac bleu d'Italie !

Dans le vent des sommets et l'air âpre,
Passe ici la douce annonce
Du parfum lointain des violettes
Et d'une mer du sud baignée de soleil.

Et plus loin les yeux désirent
La claire cathédrale florentine
Et rêvent à cette ligne de collines
S'élevant dans une Rome resplendissante.

Inconsciemment les lèvres forment déjà
Le beau langage étranger du luth,
Tandis qu'une mer de plaisirs transfigurés
Vous inonde d'un chaud et bleu frisson.

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