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

Beides gilt mir einerlei
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Alle meine Jugendzeit
Bin ich Lüsten nachgegangen,
Um danach voll Düsterkeit
Leid und Schmerzen nachzuhangen.

Schmerz und Lüste sind mir nun
Ganz verschwistert und durchdrungen;
Ob sie wohl, ob wehe tun,
Beides ist in eins verschlungen.

Ob mich Gott durch Höllenschrei,
Ob durch Sonnenhimmel führe,
Beides gilt mir einerlei,
Wenn ich seine Hand nur spüre.

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 214.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Both are the same to me", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "C'est pour moi indifférent", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-05-20
Line count: 12
Word count: 55

Both are the same to me
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Throughout my youth
I went after pleasures,
Afterwards, full of gloom,
To indulge in sorrow and pain.

For me, pain and pleasures are now
Completely related and interpenetrated;
Whether they make me feel good or hurt me,
Both have become entwined into a single thing.

Whether God leads me through the screams of hell
Or through sunny heavens,
Both are the same to me
As long as I only feel His hand.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-02-16
Line count: 12
Word count: 72