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

Wer den Weg nach innen fand
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wer den Weg nach innen fand,
Wer in glühndem Sichversenken
Je der Weisheit Kern geahnt,
Daß sein Sinn sich Gott und Welt
Nur als Bild und Gleichnis wähle:
Ihm wird jedes Tun und Denken
Zwiegespräch mit seiner eignen Seele,
Welche Welt und Gott enthält.

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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 246.


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He who has found the way inward
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
He who has found the way inward,
Who, in ardent self-submersion,
Ever sensed the core of wisdom,
That his spirit chooses
God and the world only as an image and a parable:
For him every deed and pondering
Becomes a dialogue with his own soul,
Which encloses world and God.

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Translations of title(s):
"Wer den Weg nach innen fand" = "He who has found the way inward"
"Weg nach Innen" = "The way inward"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-07-19
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Word count: 50