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Über den Himmel Wolken ziehn

Language: German (Deutsch)

Über [den Himmel]1 Wolken [ziehn]2,
Über die Felder [geht]3 der Wind,
Über die Felder wandert
Meiner Mutter verlorenes Kind.

Über die Straße Blätter wehn,
Über den Bäumen Vögel schrein --
Irgendwo über den Bergen
Muß meine ferne Heimat sein.

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 57.

1 Thide: "die Erde"
2 Kurig: "gehn"
3 Kurig: "weht"

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 fields", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-01.
Last modified: 2018-08-31 17:13:18
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

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Over the fields

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Across the [heavens]1 clouds [scud]2,
Across the fields the wind [passes]3,
Over the fields wanders
The lost child of my mother.

Across the street leaves blow,
Over the trees birds shriek --
Somewhere over the mountains
My distant homeland must lie.

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1 Thide: "earth"
2 Kurig: "pass"
3 Kurig: "blows"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2013 by Sharon Krebs, (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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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Über die Felder ...", written 1900 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Oskar Baumann, Rudolf Brömel, Werner Bühler, Hans-Georg Burghardt, Heinrich Döhler, Peter Escher, Joachim Faber-Krause, Victor Fenigstein, Karl Förster, Heinrich Funk, Joseph Haas, Günter Habicht, Philip Hammond, Walther Hecklinger, Annegret Hepp, Hugo Herrmann, Willy Hess, Fritz Ihlau, Otto Jochum, Franz Krause, Hans-Hermann Kurig, Oscar Lohse, Hans Friedrich Micheelsen, Bernhard Paumgartner, Friedrich Riepe, Heinrich Rückler, Hans Wolfgang Sachsse, Gustav Adolf Schlemm, Immo Schneider, Herbert Schultz, Gerhard Schumann, Herbert Schweikert, Heinrich Simbriger, Klaus Sochatzy, Walter Steffens, Frank Steiner, Walter Steinhauser, Heinrich Steinhöfel, Peter Suitner, Siegfried Thide, Werner Vogel, Rosemarie Weber, Hannsdieter Wohlfahrt, Felix Wolfes, Heinz Zabel, Oskar Viktor Zack. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-09-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
Line count: 8
Word count: 40