Four Last Songs

Song Cycle by Richard Georg Strauss (1864 - 1949)

Word count: 269
Original language: Vier letzte Lieder
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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  • 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
  • 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]
by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
1. Spring
 In dusky vaults
 I have long dreamt
 of your trees and blue skies,
 of your scents and the songs of birds.
 
 Now you lie revealed
 in glistening splendour,
 flushed with light,
 like a wonder before me.
 
 You know me again,
 you beckon tenderly to me;
 all of my limbs quiver
 from your blissful presence!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

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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
  • 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]
by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
2. September
 The garden is mourning,
 the rain sinks coolly into the flowers.
 Summer shudders
 as it meets its end.
 
 Leaf upon leaf drops golden
 down from the lofty acacia.
 Summer smiles, astonished and weak,
 in the dying garden dream.
 
 For a while still by the roses
 it remains standing, yearning for peace.
 Slowly it closes its large
 eyes grown weary.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

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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
  • 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]
by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
3. While going to sleep
Now that the day has made me so tired,
my dearest longings shall
be accepted kindly by the starry night
like a weary child.

Hands, cease your activity,
head, forget all of your thoughts;
all my senses now
will sink into slumber.

And my soul, unobserved,
will float about on untrammeled wings
in the enchanted circle of the night,
living a thousandfold more deeply.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

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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
  • 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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4. In the twilight
Through adversity and joy 
We've gone hand in hand;
We rest now from our wanderings
Upon this quiet land.

Around us slope the valleys,
The skies grow dark;
Two larks alone are just climbing,
As if after a dream, into the scented air.

Come here and let them whir past,
For it will soon be time to rest;
We do not wish to get lost
In this solitude.

O wide, quiet peace, 
So deep in the red dusk...
How weary we are of our travels --
Is this perhaps - Death? --

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2013 by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

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This text was added to the website: 2013-12-11
Line count: 16
Word count: 90

Translation © by Emily Ezust