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

Wo mag meine Heimat sein?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wo mag meine Heimat sein?
Meine Heimat ist klein,
Geht von Ort zu Ort,
Nimmt mein Herz mit sich fort,
Gibt mir Weh, gibt mir Ruh;
Meine Heimat bist du.

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 278.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , subtitle: "(1921/22)", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (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: 6
Word count: 30

Where might my homeland be?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Where might my homeland be?
My homeland is small,
It travels from place to place,
Takes my heart along with it,
Gives me pain, gives me peace;
My homeland is you.

Subtitle: "(1921/22)"

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Translations of title(s):
"Wo mag meine Heimat sein?" = "Where might my homeland be?"
"Meine Heimat" = "My homeland"
"Liebeslied I" = "Love song I"
"Liebeslied" = "Love song"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-01-25
Line count: 6
Word count: 31