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Der Weg ist schwer, der Weg ist weit, Doch kann ich nicht zurück; Wer einmal dein ist, Einsamkeit, Dem bist du Tod und Glück. Die Sehnsucht brennt; von drunten her Ruft mütterlich die Welt; Wie ist ihr Ruf von Liebe schwer, Wie rot von Lust erhellt. Doch wer den ersten Becher trank Vom Wasser Einsamkeit, Dem singt kein Vogel mehr zum Dank, Der geht nicht mehr zu zweit.
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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 552-553.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Einsamkeit", subtitle: "(1918)", written 1918 [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 Emil Kühnel (1881 - 1971), "Einsamkeit", op. 91 no. 2 (1953) [ baritone and piano ], fragment [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Hans Müller , "Einsamkeit ", 1931 [ voice, piano, and violoncello ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Hermann Unger (1886 - 1958), "Einsamkeit ", op. 103 no. 2 (1949-51) [ medium voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano ], from Drei Lieder nach ungedruckten Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Helmut Wagner , "Einsamkeit", op. 3 no. 15 (1951) [ baritone and piano ], from Drei Lieder für Bariton nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Solitude", copyright © 2018, (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: 2009-05-20
Line count: 12
Word count: 68
The way is difficult, the way is long, But I cannot go back; He who once belongs to you, solitude, To him you are death and happiness. Yearning burns; from down below The world calls like a mother; How her cry is laden with love, How rosily bright with joy. But he who has quaffed the first goblet Of the water solitude, To him no bird sings more in gratitude, He no longer walks as a twosome with anyone else.
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Einsamkeit", subtitle: "(1918)", written 1918
This text was added to the website: 2018-01-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 80