by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Es führen über die Erde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
[Es führen über die Erde]1 
Straßen und Wege viel,
Aber alle haben 
Dasselbe Ziel.

Du kannst reiten und fahren 
Zu zweien und zu drein,
Den letzten Schritt mußt du
Gehen allein.

Drum ist kein Wissen 
[Noch]2 Können so gut,
Als daß man alles Schwere 
Alleine tut.

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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 170.

1 Steinert: "Über die Erde führen"
2 Kilpinen: "Und"

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  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Alone", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Seul", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Alone
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Across the Earth are leading
many a road and bend,
yet all are speeding
to the selfsame end.

Be you riding or driving
as twosome or three,
the last of your steps
belongs but to thee.

For skill's not as valid,
nor all that is known,
as tackling the difficult
stuff by your own.

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Text added to the website: 2010-03-26 00:00:00
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