Vier letzte Lieder

Song Cycle by Richard Georg Strauss (1864 - 1949)

Word count: 235

English translation: Four Last Songs ( Emily Ezust)
Spanish (Español) translation: Cuatro Últimas Canciones ( Abel Alamillo Fernández)
Italian (Italiano) translation: Quattro ultimi lieder ( Francesco Campanella)
Norwegian (Bokmål) translation: De siste fire sanger ( Marianne Beate Kielland)
Dutch (Nederlands) translation: Vier laatste liederen ( Geart van der Meer)
Frisian translation: Fjouwer lêste lieten ( Geart van der Meer)
French (Français) translation: Les quatre dernièrs Lieder ( Pierre Mathé)
Dutch (Nederlands) translation: Vier laatste liederen ( Lau Kanen)

1. Frühling [sung text checked 1 time]

In dämmrigen Grüften
Träumte ich lang
Von deinen Bäumen und blauen Lüften,
Von deinem Duft und Vogelsang. 

Nun liegst du erschlossen
In Gleiß und Zier,
Von Licht übergossen
Wie ein Wunder vor mir. 

Du kennst mich wieder,
Du [lockest]1 mich zart,
Es zittert durch all meine Glieder
Deine selige Gegenwart.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La primavera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "Voorjaar", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "Lente", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Spring", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Spring", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Printemps", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , "Maityd", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , "Primavera", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Vår", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SAN Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) (Holger Christian Teipel-Jahr) , "वसन्तः", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Primavera", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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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 45.

1 Strauss: "lockst"

Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

2. September [sung text checked 1 time]

Der Garten trauert,
Kühl sinkt in die Blumen der Regen.
Der Sommer schauert
Still seinem Ende entgegen. 

Golden tropft Blatt um Blatt
Nieder vom hohen Akazienbaum.
Sommer lächelt erstaunt und matt
In den sterbenden Gartentraum. 

Lange noch bei den Rosen
Bleibt er stehen, sehnt sich nach Ruh.
Langsam tut er die großen
Müdgewordnen Augen zu.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Setembre", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "September", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "September", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "September", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Septembre", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , "Septimber", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Σεπτέμβρης", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Meán Fómhair", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , "Settembre", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "September", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Alicja Istigniejew) , "Wrzesień", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SAN Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) (Holger Christian Teipel-Jahr) , "आश्विनः", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Septiembre", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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 308.


Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

3. Beim Schlafengehen [sung text checked 1 time]

[Nun]1 der Tag mich [müd]2 gemacht,
Soll mein sehnliches Verlangen
Freundlich die gestirnte Nacht
Wie ein müdes Kind empfangen. 

Hände, laßt von allem Tun,
Stirn vergiß du alles Denken,
Alle meine Sinne nun
Wollen sich in Schlummer senken. 

Und die Seele unbewacht
Will in freien Flügen schweben,
Um im Zauberkreis der Nacht
Tief und tausendfach zu leben.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A l'anar a dormir", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "Bij 't slapengaan", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Bij het slapen gaan", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "While going to sleep", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "En allant dormir", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , "Slieperstiid", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , "Addormentandosi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Ved sovetid", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SAN Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) (Holger Christian Teipel-Jahr) , "प्रस्वापे", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Al irse a dormir", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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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 216.

1 Reichert: "Wenn"
2 Lubrich: "still"

Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

4. Im Abendrot [sung text checked 1 time]

Wir sind durch Not und Freude
Gegangen Hand in Hand,
Vom Wandern [ruhn wir beide]1
Nun überm stillen Land.

Rings sich die Thäler neigen,
Es dunkelt schon die Luft,
Zwei Lerchen nur noch steigen
Nachträumend in den Duft.

Tritt her, und laß sie schwirren,
Bald ist es [Schlafenszeit]2,
Daß wir uns nicht verirren
In dieser Einsamkeit.

O weiter stiller Friede!
So tief im Abendrot,
Wie sind wir wandermüde -- 
Ist [das]3 etwa der Tod?

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A l'hora baixa", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "In 't avondrood", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "In 't avondrood", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lena Platt) (Daniel Platt) , "In Twilight", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "In the twilight", copyright © 2013
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Coucher de soleil", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , "Yn 't juntydsrea", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , "Al tramonto", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "I aftenrøden", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Alicja Istigniejew) , "O zmierzchu", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SAN Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) (Holger Christian Teipel-Jahr) , "पश्चिमे सन्ध्यारागे", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "En el crepúsculo", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorffs sämtliche poetische Werke. Dritter Auflage. Erster Band. Gedichte, Leipzig, C. F. Amelang's Verlag, 1883, page 236.

Note: Modern spelling would change "Thäler" to "Täler"

1 Herzogenberg: "ruhen wir beide"; Strauss: "ruhen wir"
2 Eichendorff, Zweite Auflage published 1864: "Ruhenszeit"
3 Pepping, Strauss: "dies"

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