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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich bin der [Hirsch und du]1 das Reh,
Der Vogel du und ich der Baum,
Die Sonne du und ich der Schnee,
Du bist der Tag und ich der Traum.

Nachts aus meinem schlafenden Mund
Fliegt ein Goldvogel zu dir,
Hell ist seine Stimme, sein Flügel bunt,
Der singt dir das Lied voll der Liebe,
Der singt dir das Lied von mir.

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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 274.

1 Thienemann: "Hirsch, du bist"


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) , "Love song", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson d'amour", 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: 2009-05-02
Line count: 9
Word count: 62

Love song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I am the [deer buck and you]1 the doe,
You the bird and I the tree,
You the sun and I the snow,
You are the day and I the dream.

At night from my sleeping mouth
A golden bird flies to you,
Its voice is bright, its feathers colourful,
It sings the song full of love to you,
It sings to you the song from me.

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1 Thienemann: "deer buck, you are"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-09-23
Line count: 9
Word count: 67