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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Du stehst von Sommerfreude trunken
Im seligen Licht und atmest kaum,
Der Himmel scheint in deinen Kelch versunken,
Die Lüfte wehn in deinem Flaum.

Und wenn sie alle Schuld und Pein
Von meiner Seele könnten wehen,
So dürft ich wohl dein Bruder sein
Und stille Tage bei dir stehen.

So wäre meinen Weltenfahrten
Ein selig leichtes Ziel ersehn,
Gleich dir durch Gottes Träumegarten
Als blauer Sommertraum zu gehn.

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 202.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Gentian flower", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Fleur de gentiane", 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: 12
Word count: 68

Gentian flower
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Drunk with the joys of summer, you stand
In blessed light and barely breathe,
The sky seems to have descended into your calyx,
The breezes blow in your downy petals.

And could they waft away all the
Guilt and torment of my soul,
Then I might well be your brother
And stand beside you for quiet days.

Thus would my journeying through the world
Be granted a blithe and blessed goal,
To pass like you through God’s garden of dreams
As a blue summer-dream.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-04-20
Line count: 12
Word count: 84