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

Flügelt ein kleiner blauer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Flügelt ein kleiner blauer
Falter vom Wind geweht,
Ein perlmutterner Schauer,
Glitzert, flimmert, vergeht.
So mit Augenblicksblinken,
So im Vorüberwehn
Sah ich das Glück mir winken,
Glitzern, flimmern, [vergehn]1.

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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 307-308.

1 Schoeck: "verwehn"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Farfalla blu", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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A little blue butterfly is
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A little blue butterfly is
Sailing, blown by the wind,
A mother-of-pearl shiver,
Sparkles, shimmers, vanishes.
Thus with momentary gleaming,
Thus in wafting past,
I saw happiness beckoning me,
Sparkling, shimmering, [vanishing]1.

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Translations of title(s):
"Blaue Falter" = "Blue butterfly"
"Schmetterling" = "Butterfly"
"Blauer Schmetterling" = "Blue butterfly"

1 Schoeck: "fading away"


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