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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Frühlinge und Sommer steigen
Grün herauf und singen Lieder,
Schmücken bunt die Welt, und neigen
Müde sich zur Erde wieder.

Träumend aus dem Kranz der Tage
Grüßen flüchtig helle Stunden
Mir herauf wie schöne Sage,
Lächeln, leuchten, sind verschwunden.

Schauernd in der Tage Wende,
Mag auch Gold und Liebe winken,
Lassen traurig meine Hände
Die geschmückte Leier sinken.

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 58.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Musician", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Musicien", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2014-07-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 58

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Springs and summers arise
In greenery and sing songs.
They adorn the world with colour and,
Weary, they incline themselves again to the earth.

Dreamily from the wreath of the days
Bright hours fleetingly rise to greet me
Like a beautiful legend;
They smile, shine, and are no more.

Shiveringly in the turning of the days,
Even if gold and love may beckon,
In sadness my hands let
The garlanded lyre sink.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-07-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 72