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Das treibende Blatt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Vor mir her getrieben
Weht ein welkes Blatt.
Wandern, Jungsein und Lieben
Seine Zeit [und sein]1 Ende hat.

Das Blatt irrt ohne Gleise
Wohin der Wind es will,
Hält erst in Wald und Moder still . . .
Wohin geht meine Reise?

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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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 63.

1 Sometimes "auch ein"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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 [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The drifting leaf", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The drifting leaf", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La feuille au gré du vent", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-12 16:36:58

Line count: 8
Word count: 42

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The drifting leaf

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Propelled before me
A wilted leaf is blown.
Wandering, being young, and loving
Have their [time and their]1 end.

The leaf strays about without a path
Whither the wind wishes,
It only comes to rest in forest and mould . . .
Where shall my journey take me?

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1 Sometimes "time, also an"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2017 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.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Das treibende Blatt", written 1900 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Oskar Baumann, Karl Förster, Hans Klenk, Viktor Merz, Walter Müller von Kulm, Immo Schneider, Walter Steffens, Herbert Thienemann, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-12-19 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-12-19 11:54:14

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Word count: 48