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

Neues Erleben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wieder seh ich Schleier sinken,
Und Vertrautestes wird fremd,
Neue Sternenräume winken,
Seele schreitet traumgehemmt.

Abermals in neuen Kreisen
Ordnet sich um mich die Welt,
Und ich seh mich eiteln Weisen,
Als ein Kind hineingestellt.

Doch aus früheren Geburten
Zuckt entfernte Ahnung her:
Sterne sanken, Sterne wurden,
Und der Raum war niemals leer.

Seele beugt sich und erhebt sich,
Atmet in Unendlichkeit,
Aus zerrißenen Fäden webt sich
Neu und schöner Gottes Kleid.

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 231.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "New Experience", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Nouvelle expérience", 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: 2009-05-20
Line count: 16
Word count: 72

New Experience
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Once again I see veils falling,
And the most familiar becomes strange,
New expanses of stars beckon,
The soul strides, held back by dreams.

Once more in new circles
The world arrays itself around me,
And I see myself as a child
Standing among nothing but wise men.

But from earlier birthings
A distant intimation flickers hither:
Stars subsided, stars were born,
And the universe was never empty.

The souls bows down and rises up,
Breathes within the unending,
From torn threads God’s garment
Weaves itself anew and more beautifully.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-04-13
Line count: 16
Word count: 90