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by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

O wie der Sturm so dunkel braust!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
O wie der Sturm so dunkel braust!
Wir neigen ängstlich und zerzaust
Uns tief vor seiner schauerlichen Macht
Und bleiben zitternd wach die ganze Nacht.

Wenn wir morgen noch leben werden,
O wie wird dann der Himmel tagen
Und warme Luft und Geläut von Herden
Selige Wellen über uns schlagen!

About the headline (FAQ)

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 124.


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) , "Ears of wheat in the storm", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Épis dans la tempête", copyright © 2013, (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: 2011-10-22
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

Ears of wheat in the storm
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh how the storm roars so darkly!
Anxious and dishevelled we bow down
Low before its horrible might
And stay awake, trembling, the whole night.
If we shall still be living tomorrow,
Oh how the sky shall look in the light of dawn,
And warm breezes and ringing cowbells
Shall break over us in blessed waves!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 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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This text was added to the website: 2016-11-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 56