by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Das treibende Blatt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Vor mir her getrieben
Weht ein welkes Blatt.
Wandern, Jungsein und Lieben
Seine Zeit [und sein]1 Ende hat.

Das Blatt irrt ohne Gleise
Wohin der Wind es will,
Hält erst in Wald und Moder still . . .
Wohin geht meine Reise?

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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 63.

1 Sometimes "auch ein"

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The drifting leaf", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The drifting leaf", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La feuille au gré du vent", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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La feuille au gré du vent
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Poussée devant moi 
Une feuille morte flotte. 
Vagabondage, jeunesse et amour 
Aussi ont une fin. 

La feuille erre sans dessein 
Là où le vent le veut, 
Ne s'arrête que dans la forêt et pourrit. 
Où mène mon voyage ?

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Text added to the website: 2011-12-21 00:00:00
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