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Oft will das Leben nicht mehr weitergehn, Bleibt schwarz und zögernd stehn - O schauerlich verwirrte Tage, Da alles Lebende in uns sich selber haßt, Sich selbst an der verhaßten Gurgel faßt, Anklagend sich und Gott in frevelhafter Frage! O Wunder, wenn uns dann die Liebe naht Und unsern finstern Pfad Mit ihrer stillen Flamme lichtet! Wär diese Gnade nicht, längst hätten wir Uns ganz verirrt ins teuflische Revier Und Licht und Gott in uns vernichtet.
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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 279.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Wunder der Liebe", written 1922 [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 Friedrich Friedwig Frischenschlager (1885 - 1970), "Wunder der Liebe", op. 42 (Zwei Männerchöre) no. 2, published 1930 [ four-part men's chorus a cappella ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Helmut Paulsen (b. 1909), "Wunder der Liebe", published 1942 [ medium voice and piano ], from Sechs Lieder nach Texten zeitgenössischer Dichter für mittelhohe Stimme, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The miracle of love", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-06
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Word count: 76
Often life does not want to go on, It stops blackly and tentatively - Oh horribly confused days, When everything living within us hates itself, Grasps itself by the despised throat, Accusing itself and God in perfidious query! Oh what a miracle, when Love then draws near And lights our dark pathway With its quiet flame! Were it not for this mercy, we should long Have gone utterly astray in the realm of the devil And have routed out light and God within ourselves.
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Wunder der Liebe", written 1922
This text was added to the website: 2019-05-01
Line count: 12
Word count: 84