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

Es war noch Zeit; ich konnte gehn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
[Es war noch Zeit]1; ich konnte gehn,
Und alles wäre ungeschehn,
Und alles wäre rein und klar,
Wie es vor jenem Tage war!

Es mußte sein. Die Stunde kam,
Die kurze, schwüle, und sie nahm
Unwandelbar mit jähem Schritt
Den ganzen Glanz der Jugend mit.

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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 81.

1 Langenberg: "Die Stunde kam"


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There was still time, I could have left
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
[There was still time]1, I could have left,
And everything would never have happened,
And everything would be pure and clear
As it was before that day!

It had to be. The hour came,
The short, oppressive hour, and,
With precipitous steps, unalterably,
It took the whole radiance of youth with it.

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Translations of title(s):
"Es war noch Zeit; ich konnte gehn" = "There was still time, I could have left"
"Die Stunde" = "The hour"

1 Langenberg: "The hour came"


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