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Noch ringt verzweifelt mit den kalten Oktobernächten um sein grünes Kleid Mein Baum. Er liebt's, ihm ist es leid, Er trug es fröhliche Monde lang, Er möchte es gern behalten. Und wieder eine Nacht, und wieder Ein rauher Tag. Der Baum wird matt Und kämpft nicht mehr und gibt die Glieder Gelöst dem fremden Willen hin, Bis der ihn ganz bezwungen hat. Nun aber lacht er golden rot Und ruht im Blauen tief beglückt. Da er sich müd dem Sterben bot, Hat ihn der Herbst, der milde Herbst Zu neuer Herrlichkeit geschmückt.
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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 166.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Baum im Herbst", written 1904 [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 Friedrich Scholz (b. 1926), "Baum im Herbst" [ voice and piano ], from Acht Liedvertonungen nach Gedichten von Rose Ausländer, Mascha Kaléko und Herrmann Hesse, no. 6 [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Tree in Autumn", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2009-04-29
Line count: 15
Word count: 92
My tree still battles frantically over its green garb With the cold October nights. It loves [its garment], would be sorry to lose it; [My tree] wore it for many happy moons, And would gladly keep it longer. And again a night, and again A harsh day. The tree grows weary And no longer fights and, resolved, Gives its limbs up to the foreign will, Until that will has conquered it utterly. But now it laughs in golden redness And rests in the blueness, deeply happy. When the tree had wearily offered itself to death, Autumn, gentle autumn Adorned it with new glory.
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Baum im Herbst", written 1904
This text was added to the website: 2016-09-17
Line count: 15
Word count: 103