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Language: German (Deutsch)

Vom Baum des Lebens fällt 
Mir Blatt um Blatt,
O taumelbunte Welt, 
Wie machst du satt, 
Wie machst du satt und müd, 
Wie machst du trunken! 
Was heut noch glüht, 
Ist bald versunken. 
Bald klirrt der Wind 
Über mein braunes Grab, 
Über das kleine Kind 
Beugt sich die Mutter herab. 
Ihre Augen will ich wiedersehn, 
Ihr Blick ist mein Stern,
Alles andre mag gehn und verwehn, 
Alles stirbt, alles stirbt gern. 
Nur die ewige Mutter bleibt, 
Von der wir kamen, 
Ihr spielender Finger schreibt 
In die flüchtige Luft unsre Namen.

Translation(s): ENG

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K. Penderecki sets lines 1-8

Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 8 Die Erzählungen. 1911-1954, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2001, page 321 (no title in this publication).

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 256.

Submitted by John Versmoren and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Mortality", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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