by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

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]

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Chanson d'amour
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Je suis le [cerf]1 et toi le chevreuil,
Toi l'oiseau et moi l'arbre,
Toi le soleil et moi la neige,
Tu es le jour et moi le rêve.

La nuit, sortant de ma bouche endormie,
S'envole vers toi un oiseau d'or,
Sa voix est claire, son aile colorée,
Il te chante une chanson pleine d'amour,
Il te chante une chanson de moi.

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1 Thienemann: "cerf, tu es"


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Text added to the website: 2011-12-21 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:43
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Word count: 62