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

Blätter wehen vom Baume
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Blätter wehen vom Baume,
Lieder vom Lebenstraume
Wehen spielend dahin;
Vieles ist untergegangen,
Seit wir zuerst sie sangen,
Zärtliche Melodien.

Sterblich sind auch die Lieder,
Keines tönt ewig wieder,
Alle verweht der Wind:
Blumen und Schmetterlinge,
Die unvergänglicher Dinge
Flüchtiges Gleichnis sind.

About the headline (FAQ)

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 326-327.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-06
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Word count: 42

Leaves drift from the tree
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Leaves drift from the tree,
Songs from the dream of life
Waft playfully off;
Much has passed away
Since we first sang them,
Tender melodies.

Songs are mortal too,
Not one shall sound again for all eternity,
The wind wafts them all off:
Flowers and butterflies,
Which are the fleeting metaphors
For unperishable things.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Nachklang" = "Lingering echo"
"Vergänglichkeit" = "Mortality"
"Widmungsvers" = "Dedication verse"
"Zu einer Auswahl meiner Gedichte" = "To accompany a selection of my poems"
"Blätter wehen vom Baume" = "Leaves drift from the tree"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-12-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 54