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

Leidenschaftlich strömt der Regen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Leidenschaftlich strömt der Regen,
Schluchzend wirft er sich ins Land,
Bäche gurgeln in den Wegen
Überfülltem See entgegen,
Der noch jüngst so gläsern stand.

Daß wir einmal fröhlich waren
Und die Welt uns selig schien,
War ein Traum. In grauen Haaren
Stehn wir herbstlich und erfahren,
Leiden Krieg und hassen ihn.

Kahlgefegt und ohne Flitter
Liegt die Welt, die einst gelacht;
Durch entlaubter Äste Gitter
Blickt der Winter todesbitter,
Und es greift nach uns die Nacht.

About the headline (FAQ)

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 374.


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Word count: 76

Passionately the rain pours down
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Passionately the rain pours down,
Sobbing, it throws itself onto the land,
Brooks gurgle on the pathways
Toward the over-filled lake
That only recently stood there so glassily.

That we were once happy
And the world appeared blissful to us,
[That] was a dream.  With grey hair
We stand, autumnal and experienced;
We suffer war and hate it.

Swept bare and without frippery
Lies the world that once laughed;
Through the lattice-work of bare branches
Winter stares, bitter as death,
And night tries to grasp us.

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Translations of title(s):
"Leidenschaftlich strömt der Regen" = "Passionately the rain pours down"
"Oktober 1944" = "October 1944"


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Word count: 86