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Leidenschaftlich strömt der Regen, Schluchzend wirft er sich ins Land, Bäche gurgeln in den Wegen Überfülltem See entgegen, Der noch jüngst so gläsern stand. Daß wir einmal fröhlich waren Und die Welt uns selig schien, War ein Traum. In grauen Haaren Stehn wir herbstlich und erfahren, Leiden Krieg und hassen ihn. Kahlgefegt und ohne Flitter Liegt die Welt, die einst gelacht; Durch entlaubter Äste Gitter Blickt der Winter todesbitter, Und es greift nach uns 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 374.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Oktober 1944", written 1944 [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 Ernst Reichert (1901 - 1958), "Leidenschaftlich strömt der Regen", published 1957 [ high voice and piano ], from Sechs Gesänge für hohe Stimme nach Texten von Hermann Hesse, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Helmut Wagner , "Oktober 1944 ", op. 3 no. 7 (1951) [ baritone and piano ], from Drei Lieder für Bariton nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2019, (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: 2009-05-28
Line count: 15
Word count: 76
Passionately the rain pours down, Sobbing, it throws itself onto the land, Brooks gurgle on the pathways Toward the over-filled lake That only recently stood there so glassily. That we were once happy And the world appeared blissful to us, [That] was a dream. With grey hair We stand, autumnal and experienced; We suffer war and hate it. Swept bare and without frippery Lies the world that once laughed; Through the lattice-work of bare branches Winter stares, bitter as death, And night tries to grasp us.
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Translations of title(s):
"Leidenschaftlich strömt der Regen" = "Passionately the rain pours down"
"Oktober 1944" = "October 1944"
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2019 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), "Oktober 1944", written 1944
This text was added to the website: 2019-01-25
Line count: 15
Word count: 86