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

Winter 1914
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Leid und Finsternis wohin ich seh,
Über tausend Gräber fällt der Schnee,
Deckt das blutig starrende Gefild
Still mit seinem hoffnungslosen Schild.

Doch wir werden einen Frühling schauen,
Werden eine reine Zukunft bauen,
Daß die Lieben, die der Schnee begraben,
Nicht umsonst für uns geblutet haben.

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 548-549.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Winter 1914", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Hiver 1914", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Winter 1914
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Suffering and darkness wherever I look,
Snow is falling over a thousand graves,
It quietly covers the bloody, staring field
With its shield of hopelessness.

Yet we shall see a spring,
Shall build a pure future,
So that the loved ones whom the snow has buried,
Shall not have bled for us in vain.


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