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Wetterleuchten fiebert fern, Der Jasmin mit sonderbaren Lichtern wie ein scheuer Stern Schimmert bleich in deinen Haaren. Deiner wundersamen Macht, Deiner schweren, sternelosen, Opfern Küsse wir und Rosen, Atemlose, schwüle Nacht. Küsse ohne Glück und Glanz, Die wir kaum geküßt bereuen - Rosen, die in trübem Tanz Überreife Blätter streuen. Nacht, die ohne Tau vergeht! Liebe ohne Glück noch Tränen! Über uns ein Wetter steht, Das wir fürchten und ersehnen.
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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, pages 60-61.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Wetterleuchten", written 1901, appears in Neue deutsche Lyriker III , in Buch der Liebe, first published 1919 [author's text checked 2 times against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Rudolf Brömel (b. 1877), "Wetterleuchten", published 1945-8 [ voice and piano ], from Hermann Hesse Lieder, no. 15 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Summer lightning", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Éclairs", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2007-06-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 70
Summer lightning flashes feverishly in the distance, Jasmine, with peculiar lights Like a shy star Shimmers palely in your hair. To your wondrous power, To your heavy, starless [power] We offer up kisses and roses, Breathless, humid night. Kisses without joy and radiance, Which, barely kissed, we already regret - Roses, that in a dreary dance Scatter their overripe petals. Night that passes without dew! Love with neither joy nor tears! Above us threatens a storm That we fear and for which we yearn.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2019 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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Wetterleuchten", written 1901, appears in Neue deutsche Lyriker III , in Buch der Liebe, first published 1919
This text was added to the website: 2019-10-12
Line count: 16
Word count: 84