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Die Flamme

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ob du tanzen gehst in Tand und Plunder,
Ob dein Herz sich wund in Sorgen müht,
Täglich neu erfährst du doch das Wunder,
Daß des Lebens Flamme in dir glüht.

Mancher läßt sie lodern und verprassen,
Trunken im verzückten Augenblick,
Andre geben sorglich und gelassen
Kind und Enkeln weiter ihr Geschick.

Doch verloren sind nur dessen Tage,
Den sein Weg durch dumpfe Dämmrung führt,
Der sich sättigt in des Tages Plage
Und des Lebens Flamme niemals spürt.

Translation(s): ENG

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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 217.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The flame", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-07-04.
Last modified: 2018-08-25 16:46:34
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