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

Traum von der Mutter
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Draußen auf den warmen Wiesen
Will ich nach den Wolken sehen
Und die müden Augen schließen
Und ins Träumeland hinüber
Hin zu meiner Mutter gehen.

Oh, sie hat mich schon vernommen!
Leise geht sie mir entgegen,
Der ich ferneher gekommen,
Meine Stirne, meine Hände,
Still in ihren Schoß zu legen.

Wird sie jetzt nach Dingen fragen,
Die ich nur mit Scham gestehe
Und mit bitterlichen Klagen?
Nein, sie lacht! Sie lacht und freut sich
Meiner lang vermißten Nähe.

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 138.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Dream of my mother", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Rêve de ma mère", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-06
Line count: 15
Word count: 78

Dream of my mother
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Outside upon the warm meadows
I shall look toward the clouds
And close my weary eyes
And wander over to my mother
In the land of dreams.

Oh, she has already perceived me!
Quietly she walks toward me,
Who came from far away,
To lay my brow, my hands
Silently into her lap.

Shall she now ask about things
To which I admit only with shame
And with bitter lamentations?
No, she laughs! She laughs and rejoices in
My nearness, which she has missed for a long time.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-10
Line count: 15
Word count: 88