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Abends muß ich auf der Brücke stehen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Abends muß ich auf der Brücke stehen,
Nieder in den dunkeln Strom zu sehen,
Wie er strömt und zieht und mit Gebrause
Sehnlich weiterstrebt - wohin? Nach Hause?

So viel Jahre bin auch ich gegangen
Ohne Rast mit sehnlichem Verlangen,
Wandernd mit den Strömen, Wolken, Winden,
Eine Heimat, eine Rast zu finden.

Weiter noch, so wird die Stunde schlagen,
Daß sie mich im weißen Linnen tragen.
Wanderschaft ade und Stromgebrause!
Stille trägt man mich - wohin? Nach Hause?

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 132.

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 © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le soir sur le pont", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-09-21.
Last modified: 2018-07-03 13:43:50
Line count: 12
Word count: 78

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Le soir sur le pont

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

Le soir il faut que je me tienne sur le pont,
Pour voir en-dessous le sombre courant,
Comme il coule et passe bruyamment
Dans son ardent effort à avancer -- où ? Vers la maison ?

Depuis de nombreuses années, je suis aussi allé
Sans repos, avec un désir ardent,
Errant avec fleuves, nuages, vents,
À la recherche d'une patrie, d'une pause.

Avancer encore, alors sonnera l'heure
Pour qu'on me porte dans une toile blanche.
Adieu errance et bruit du courant !
On me porte en silence -- où ? Vers la maison ?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Abends auf der Brücke", written c1905 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Géza Frid, Fritz Hutter, Johannes Schmiedel, Immo Schneider, Oskar Viktor Zack. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-03-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:08
Line count: 12
Word count: 92