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

Die frühe Stunde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Silbern überflogen
Ruhet das Feld und schweigt,
Ein Jäger hebt seinen Bogen,
Der Wald rauscht und eine Lerche steigt.

Der Wald rauscht und eine zweite
Steigt auf und fällt.
Ein Jäger hebt seine Beute
Und der Tag tritt in die Welt.

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 57.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The early hour", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "L'heure matutinale", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 41

The early hour
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
With silver flitting across it,
The field rests and is silent,
A hunter raises his bow,
The forest soughs and a lark ascends.

The forest soughs and a second [lark]
Ascends and falls.
A hunter gathers up his booty
And the day steps forth into the world.

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This text was added to the website: 2017-10-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 47