by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Und weiter gehn die Tage,
Sie werden schnelle alt;
Vielleicht kommt schon der letzte bald,
Indes ich steh' und frage.

Sie sind mit mir gegangen
Wie Brüder Hand in Hand,
Sie trieb und mich von Land zu Land
Dasselbe Heimverlangen.

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 101.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Pilgrims", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Pèlerin", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2014-04-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 40

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
And onward pass the days,
They age quickly;
Perhaps already the last one shall soon come,
While I stand and question.

They walked with me
Like brethren, hand in hand,
They and I were driven from country to country
By the same yearning for home.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-04-15
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Word count: 45