by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

September
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG FRE FRI GRE IRI ITA NOR POL SPA
Der Garten trauert,
Kühl sinkt in die Blumen der Regen.
Der Sommer schauert
Still seinem Ende entgegen. 

Golden tropft Blatt um Blatt
Nieder vom hohen Akazienbaum.
Sommer lächelt erstaunt und matt
In den sterbenden Gartentraum. 

Lange noch bei den Rosen
Bleibt er stehen, sehnt sich nach Ruh.
Langsam tut er die großen
Müdgewordnen Augen zu.

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 308.


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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Setembre", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "September", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "September", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "September", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Septembre", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , "Septimber", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Σεπτέμβρης", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Meán Fómhair", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , "Settembre", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "September", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Alicja Istigniejew) , "Wrzesień", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Septiembre", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 55

September
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 The garden is mourning,
 the rain sinks coolly into the flowers.
 Summer shudders
 as it meets its end.
 
 Leaf upon leaf drops golden
 down from the lofty acacia.
 Summer smiles, astonished and weak,
 in the dying garden dream.
 
 For a while still by the roses
 it remains standing, yearning for peace.
 Slowly it closes its large
 eyes grown weary.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 60