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Leg mir aufs Haar

Language: German (Deutsch)

Leg mir aufs Haar
Die Hand; schwer ist mein Haupt,
Was meine Jugend war,
Hast du geraubt.

Unwiederbringlich ist dahin
Der Jugend Glanz, der Freude Born,
Der mir so unerschöpflich golden schien,
Und überblieben Weh und Zorn
Und Nächte, Nächte ohne End,
In denen wild und fieberheiß
Der alten Liebeslüste Kreis
Mein waches Träumen wund durchrennt.

Nur noch in Stunden seltner Rast
Tritt manchmal meine Jugend her
Zu mir, ein scheuer, blasser Gast,
Und stöhnt, und macht das Herz mir schwer ...

Leg mir aufs Haar
Die Hand; schwer ist mein Haupt.
Was meine Jugend war,
Hast du geraubt.

Translation(s): 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, pages 92-93.

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


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , no title, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-06-02.
Last modified: 2019-01-05 14:05:54
Line count: 20
Word count: 99

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Pose ta main sur mes cheveux

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Pose ta main sur mes cheveux ;
Ma tête est lourde ?
Tu as volé
Ce qu'était ma jeunesse.

Disparu irrémédiablement
L'éclat de la jeunesse, la source de joie,
Qui me semblait si inépuisable,
Et il reste douleur et colère
Et des nuits, des nuits sans fin
Dans lesquelles, avec violence et fièvre,
La ronde de mes anciens plaisirs amoureux
Parcourt et blesse mon rêve éveillé.

Ce n'est plus qu'aux rares heures de repos
Que parfois se manifeste à moi ma jeunesse,
Hôte hagard et livide,
Qui gémit et me fait le cœur lourd ...

Pose ta main sur mes cheveux ;
Ma tête est lourde ?
Tu as volé
Ce qu'était ma jeunesse.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Pierre Mathé, (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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Text added to the website: 2011-12-21.
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