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

Dir liegt auf Stirne, Mund und Hand
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Dir liegt auf Stirne, Mund und Hand
Der feine, zärtlich helle Lenz,
Der holde Zauber, den ich fand
Auf alten Bildern zu Florenz.

Du lebtest schon einmal vorzeit,
Du wunderschöne Maigestalt,
Als Flora im beblümten Kleid
Hat Botticelli dich gemalt.

Auch bist du jene, deren Gruß
Den jungen Dante übermannt,
Und unbewußt ist deinem Fuß
Der Weg durchs Paradies bekannt.

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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 68.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Upon your brow, lips, and hand lies", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-04-30
Line count: 12
Word count: 60

Upon your brow, lips, and hand lies
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Upon your brow, lips, and hand lies
The delicate, tenderly bright springtime,
The lovely magic that I found
On old paintings in Florence.

You already lived once in bygone times,
You wondrously beautiful figure of May,
As Flora in a flowered dress
Botticelli painted you.

You are also the one whose greeting
Overpowered the young Dante,
And unconsciously your foot knows
The way through Paradise.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 65