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Arme Schwestern, liebe Schmerzen, Seid nicht ihr auch Gottesgaben? Aber keiner will euch haben. Wohnet denn in meinem Herzen! Alle Lust der Welt zu haschen, Gierig bin ich ausgezogen, Kam geplündert, kam betrogen, Müde heim mit leeren Taschen. Die ich einst so sehr verachtet, Liebe Schmerzen, seid gesegnet, Die ihr mir so reich begegnet, Mich so innig nun umnachtet! Heiß durchflutet euer Glühen Meines Blutes dunkle Wogen, Die, von euch emporgesogen, Tiefer atmen, schöner blühen.
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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 309.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Liebe Schmerzen", written 1927, first published 1927 [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 K. E. Hoffmann , "Liebe Schmerzen" [ voice and piano ], from Sechs Hermann Hesse-Lieder, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Hermann Unger (1886 - 1958), "Die Schmerzen ", op. 103 no. 3 (1949-51) [ medium voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano ], from Drei Lieder nach ungedruckten Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-14
Line count: 16
Word count: 75
Poor sisters, dear tribulations, Are you not gifts from God as well? But no one wants you. Live then in my heart! Greedily, I set out to grasp All the joys of the world, Plundered I came, deceived I came Home wearily, with empty pockets. You whom I once scorned so much, Dear tribulations, blessed be, You who have befallen me so abundantly, Who so intimately shroud me now in night! Your glowing fervently floods through The dark waves of my blood, Which, sucked upward by you, Breathe more deeply, bloom more beautifully.
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Translations of title(s):
"Die Schmerzen" = "Tribulations"
"Liebe Schmerzen" = "Dear tribulations"
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Liebe Schmerzen", written 1927, first published 1927
This text was added to the website: 2018-01-16
Line count: 16
Word count: 93