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

Jugendflucht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Der müde Sommer senkt das Haupt
Und schaut sein falbes Bild im See.
Ich wandle müde und bestaubt
Im Schatten der Allee.

Durch Pappeln geht ein zager Wind,
Der Himmel hinter mir ist rot,
Und vor mir Abendängste sind
- Und Dämmerung - und Tod.

Ich wandle müde und bestaubt,
Und hinter mir bleibt zögernd stehn
Die Jugend, neigt das schöne Haupt
Und will nicht fürder mit mir gehn.

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 30.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The flight of youth", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Fuite de la jeunesse", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Fuga della giovinezza", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 69

The flight of youth
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Weary summer bows its head
And gazes upon its pale reflection in the lake.
Tired and dusty, I wander
In the shadow of the tree-lined road.

A timid wind passes through the poplars,
The sky behind me is red,
And before me are evening fears
- And twilight - and death.

Tired and dusty I wander,
And behind me, coming to a standstill with lagging steps,
Is Youth; it bows its lovely head
And does not want to walk with me any longer.

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This text was added to the website: 2017-12-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 83