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

Dorfabend
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Der Schäfer mit den Schafen
Zieht durch die stillen Gassen ein,
Die Häuser wollen schlafen
Und dämmern schon und nicken ein.

Ich bin in diesen Mauern
Der einzige fremde Mann zur Stund,
Es trinkt mein Herz mit Trauern
Den Kelch der Sehnsucht bis zum Grund.

Wohin der Weg mich führet,
Hat überall ein Herd gebrannt;
Nur ich hab nie gespüret,
Was Heimat ist und Vaterland.

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 22.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Evening in the village", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le soir au village", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 65

Evening in the village
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The shepherd with his sheep
Enters the quiet streets,
The houses wish to sleep
And doze already and nod off.

Within these town walls I am
The only stranger at this time,
With sorrow my heart drains
The goblet of yearning.

Whither my path led me,
Everywhere a hearth glowed;
Only I have never perceived
What home is and a fatherland.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-01-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 61