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

Aus zwei Tälern
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Eine Glocke läutet
Im Grund fernab,
Läutet und bedeutet
Ein frisches Grab.
Ein Lautenschlagen
Vom andern Tal
Bringt hergetragen
Der Wind zumal.
Mir aber will bedeuten:
Liedsang und Sterbeläuten
Ist recht für einen Wandrer
Mich wundert, ob ein andrer
Die beiden zumal vernimmt?

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 44.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "From out of two valleys", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Depuis deux vallées", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 44

From out of two valleys
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A bell tolls
Far in the depths below,
Tolls and portends
A fresh grave.
The sound of a lute
From the other valley
Is carried hither
By the wind.
To me, however, it seems to imply:
The singing of songs and the tolling of death bells
Are perfectly tuned together
For a wanderer.
I wonder if anyone else
Perceives the two of them as well?


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This text was added to the website: 2017-02-06
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Word count: 65