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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
In ihrem [schönsten]1 Kleide
Stehn alle Bäume gelb und rot,
Sie sterben einen leichten Tod,
Sie wissen nichts von Leide.

Herbst, kühle mir das heiße Herz,
Daß es gelinder schlage
Und still durch goldene Tage
Hinüberspiele winterwärts.

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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 169.

1 Ruck: "schönen"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "October", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Octobre", copyright © 2018, (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: 2009-05-02
Line count: 8
Word count: 37

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In their [most beautiful]1 garment
All the trees stand yellow and red,
They die an easy death,
They know nothing of suffering.

Autumn, cool my heated heart
That it may beat more gently
And quietly through golden days
Play its way towards winter.

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1 Ruck: " beautiful"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-11-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 43