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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wolken, leise Schiffer, fahren
Über mir und rühren mich
Mit den zarten, wunderbaren
Farbenschleiern wunderlich.

Aus der blauen Luft entquollen,
Eine farbig schöne Welt,
Die mich mit geheimnisvollen
Reizen oft gefangen hält.

Leichte, lichte, klare Schäume,
Alles Irdischen befreit,
Ob ihr schöne Heimwehträume
Der befleckten Erde seid?

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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 168.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Clouds", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Nuages", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Clouds, quiet sailors, travel
Above me and touch me
Wondrously with their delicate
Marvellous colourful veils.

Sprung forth from the blue air,
A colourful, lovely world,
Which with mysterious allures
Often holds me captive.

Gentle, bright, clear foams,
Freed of everything earthly,
Might you be beautiful homesick dreams
Of the tainted earth?

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