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

Busch und Wiese, Feld und Baum
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Busch und Wiese, Feld und Baum
Stehen in begnügtem Schweigen,
Jeder ganz sich selbst zu eigen,
Jeder tief in seinem Traum.

Wolke schwebt und lichter Stern,
Wie zu hoher Wacht berufen,
Und der Berg mit steilen Stufen
Türmt sich dunkel, hoch und fern.

Alles weilt und hat Bestand,
Ich allein mit meinen Schmerzen
Treibe fern von Gottes Herzen
Weiter ohne Sinn durchs Land.

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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 206.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-01
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

Bush and meadow, field and tree
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Bush and meadow, field and tree
Stand in contented silence,
Each belonging utterly to itself,
Each deep in its dream.

The cloud drifts and the luminous star,
As if called to keep a lofty watch,
And the mountain with its steep steps
Towers darkly, high and distant.

Everything tarries and is lasting,
Only I with my pain
Drift far from the heart of God,
Meaninglessly onward through the land.

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Translations of title(s):
"Gang bei Nacht" = "Walk at night"
"Gang durch die Nacht" = "Walk through the night"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-02-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 69