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

Auch zu mir kommst du einmal
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Auch zu mir kommst du einmal,
Du vergißt mich nicht,
Und zu Ende ist die Qual
Und die Kette bricht.

Noch erscheinst du fremd und fern,
Lieber Bruder Tod.
Stehest als ein kühler Stern
Über meiner Not.

Aber einmal wirst du nah
Und voll Flammen sein --
Komm, Geliebter, ich bin da,
Nimm mich, ich bin dein.

G. Schumann sets stanza 1

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 251.


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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Mort, ma sœur", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il viandante alla Morte", copyright © 2007, (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: 2007-05-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 56

To me as well you shall someday come
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
To me as well you shall someday come,
You shall not forget me,
And the agony shall be at an end
And the chain shall break.

Now you still seem strange and distant,
Dear Brother Death.
You stand like a cold star
Above my misery.

But someday you shall be near me
And full of flames --
Come, beloved, I am here,
Take me, I am yours.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Auch zu mir" = "To me as well"
"Der Wanderer an den Tod aus " = "The wanderer addressing death from “Wandering”"
"Der Wanderer auf den Tod" = "The wanderer speaking about death"
"Der Wanderer an den Tod" = "The wanderer addressing death"
"Der Wanderer an den Mond" = "The wanderer addressing the moon"
"Bruder Tod" = "Brother Death"
"An den Tod" = "To death"
"Auch zu mir kommst Du einmal" = "To me as well you shall someday come"
"Wanderer an den Tod" = "Wanderer addressing death"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-04-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 66