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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Es ist immer derselbe Traum:
Ein rotblühender Kastanienbaum,
Ein Garten, voll von Sonnenflor,
Einsam ein altes Haus davor.

Dort, wo der stille Garten liegt,
Hat meine Mutter mich gewiegt;
Vielleicht - es ist so lange her -
Steht Garten, Haus und Baum nicht mehr.

Vielleicht geht jetzt ein Wiesenweg
Und Pflug und Egge drüber weg,
Von Heimat, Garten, Haus und Baum
Ist nichts geblieben als mein Traum.

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 108.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Dream", subtitle: "(1901)", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Rêve", copyright © 2019, (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: 2009-06-17
Line count: 12
Word count: 67

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
It is ever the same dream:
A chestnut tree with red blossoms,
A garden full of gauzy sunlight,
And solitary, an old house in the foreground.

There where the quiet garden lies,
My mother rocked me;
Perhaps - it is so long ago -
The garden, house, and tree are no longer standing.

Perhaps it is now traversed by a meadow path,
And plow and cultivator pass over it;
Of home, garden, house, and tree
Nothing remains but my dream.

Subtitle: "(1901)"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 80