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Die ganze Straße war in Ruh Und nur dein Fenster war noch rot, In deinem Zimmer warst nur du, Du und der Tod. Die Nacht war wolkenschwarz und trieb Verdorrte Blätter träg in Reihn. Sie sprach zu mir: Ich hab dich lieb, Laß mich herein. Dein Licht erlosch; ich war allein. Da ward mein Fenster aufgemacht, Und lange sassen wir zu zwein, Ich und die Nacht.
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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 24.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), no title, written c1898, appears in Der Toten, no. 1 [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 Rudolph Bergh (1859 - 1924), "Die ganze Straße war in Ruh", op. 44 (Fünf Lieder) no. 5, published 1925 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Werner Wehrli (1892 - 1944), "Der Toten I", op. 23 no. 3, published 1928 [ low voice, violin, and piano ], from Fünf Gesänge nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (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: 2009-04-30
Line count: 12
Word count: 66
The entire street lay in rest And only your window still gleamed red, In your room there was only you, You and death. The night was black with clouds and drove Dried leaves sluggishly in rows. [Night] spoke to me: I love you, Let me in. Your light went out; I was alone Then my window was opened, And long we sat as a twosome, I and the night.
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Translations of title(s):
"Die ganze Straße war in Ruh" = "The entire street lay in rest"
"Der Toten I" = "To the dead woman I"
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 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), no title, written c1898, appears in Der Toten, no. 1
This text was added to the website: 2018-01-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 69