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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Die mir noch gestern glühten,
Sind heut dem Tod geweiht,
Blüten fallen um Blüten
Vom Baum der Traurigkeit.

Ich seh sie fallen, fallen
Wie Schnee auf meinen Pfad,
Die Schritte nicht mehr hallen,
Das lange Schweigen naht.

Der Himmel hat nicht Sterne,
Das Herz nicht Liebe mehr,
Es schweigt die graue Ferne,
Die Welt ward alt und leer.

Wer kann sein Herz behüten
In dieser bösen Zeit?
Es fallen Blüten um Blüten
Vom Baum der Traurigkeit.

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 376.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Sadness", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 76

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Those who still glowed for me yesterday
Are today destined for death,
Blossoms upon blossoms fall
From the tree of sadness.

I see them fall, fall
Like snow upon my pathway,
One’s footsteps no longer echo,
The long silence nears.

The sky has no more stars,
The heart no longer has love,
The grey distance falls silent,
The world has grown old and void.

Who can guard one’s heart
In these bad times?
Blossoms upon blossoms fall
From the tree of sadness.


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