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[Möchten viele Seelen]1 dies verstehen, Möchten viele Liebende es lernen: So im eigenen Dufte sich berauschen, So verliebt dem Mörder Wind zu lauschen, So in rosiges Blätterspiel verwehen, Lächelnd sich vom Liebesmahl entfernen, So den Abschied als ein Fest begehen, So gelöst dem Leiblichen entsinken Und wie einen Kuß den Tod zu trinken.
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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 307.1 Schwarz-Schillig: "Mögen viele"
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Verwelkende Rosen", written 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 Franz Krause (1889 - ?), "Welkende Rosen", op. 38 no. 9, published 1964 [ voice and piano ], from Zehn Gedichte von Hermann Hesse, no. 9 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Rudolf Krauss (b. 1907), "Möchten viele Seelen dies verstehen", <<1957 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Richard Mader (b. 1930), "Welkende Rosen", 1956 [ voice and piano ], from Vom Baum des Lebens - Fünf Lieder nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by (Christian) Immo Schneider (b. 1935), "Verwelkende Rosen ", op. 42a no. 18 (1977) [ medium voice and piano ], from Stufen - Hesse-Lieder 1977 für mittlere Singstimme, no. 18 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Othmar Schoeck (1886 - 1957), "Verwelkende Rosen", op. 44 (Zehn Lieder nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse) no. 3 (1929), published 1931 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling (1904 - 1985), "Verwelkende Rosen", published 1950 [ ATB chorus a cappella ], from Vom Baum des Lebens - Fünf Gedichte von Hermann Hesse für Chor a cappella, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Karl Heinz Taubert (1912 - 1990), "Welkende Rosen", 1957, published 1962 [ medium voice and piano ], from Vom Baum des Lebens - Vier Lieder für mittlere Singstimme nach Worten von Hermann Hesse, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
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May many souls understand this, May many lovers learn it: Thus to intoxicate oneself in one’s own scent, Thus in love to listen to the murderer wind, Thus to be dispersed in the rosy play of leaves, To smilingly remove oneself from the feast of love, Thus to celebrate leave-taking, Thus released to slip from the mortal And to drink death like a kiss.
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Translations of title(s):
"Verwelkende Rosen" = "Wilting roses"
"Möchten viele Seelen dies verstehen" = "May many souls understand this"
"Welkende Rosen" = "Wilting roses"
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Verwelkende Rosen", written 1927
This text was added to the website: 2019-02-24
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Word count: 64