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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wälder stehen, See und Land
Wie in alten Kinderzeiten,
Und es ruhen alle Weiten
Friedevoll in Gottes Hand.

Eine stille Stunde lang
Kann ich so verzaubert schauen,
Und es schläft der alte Drang
Und es schläft des alte Grauen.

Doch ich weiß: die jetzt gebannt,
Werden balde auferstehen,
Und ich muß im grünen Land
Als ein Gast und Fremdling gehen.

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 147.


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

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

Research team for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2013-03-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 60

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The forests stand, lakes and countryside
As in the olden times of childhood,
And all the broad expanses rest
Peacefully in God’s hand.

For the span of a quiet hour
I can gaze [upon them] so enchanted,
And the old striving sleeps
And the old dread sleeps.

But I know:  they who are now held in a spell
Shall soon come to life,
And in the green landscape I must
Walk as a guest and a stranger.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-01-16
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Word count: 77