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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Nun ist die Jugend schon verschäumt
Und ohne Wiederkehr versunken,
Ein Teil versonnen und verträumt,
Ein Teil verbummelt und vertrunken.

Und die doch kaum mein eigen war,
Die Welt der Lieder und der Sterne,
Ward über Nacht mir wunderbar
Zu Heimweh, Traum und blauer Ferne.

Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 75-76.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Reversal", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Tournant", copyright © 2019, (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: 2009-05-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 45

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Now youth has already disappeared like foam
And passed away without [the hope of] returning,
A portion passed pensively and dreamily,
A portion was dawdled away and passed in carousing.

And [the world] that was only just my own,
The world of songs and stars --
Wondrously, overnight, it turned for me
To homesickness, dream and blue distance.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 57