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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Rotästige Föhren, 
Birken silbern und zier, 
Schweigsame Buchen, 
Sagt, leidet auch ihr? 

Und ihr, atmende Blumen 
Im summenden Bienengesang, 
Ist denn auch euer Leben 
So dunkel und bang?

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 167.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Stroll", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Promenade", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2009-05-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-04-08 16:28:50
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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
[You] red-branched pines,
[You] birches silver and delicate,
[You] silent beeches,
Tell me, do you suffer as well?

And you, breathing flowers
In the humming song of bees,
Is your life then also
So dark and anxious?


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Text added to the website: 2019-05-30 00:00:00
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