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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Noch einmal, ehe der Sommer verblüht,
Wollen wir für den Garten sorgen,
Die Blumen gießen, sie sind schon müd,
Bald welken sie ab, vielleicht schon morgen.

Noch einmal, ehe wieder die Welt
Irrsinnig wird und von Kriegen gellt,
Wollen wir an den paar schönen Dingen
Uns freuen und ihnen Lieder singen.

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 316-317.


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Late summer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Once more, before the summer fades,
Let us look after the garden,
[Let us] water the flowers, they are already weary,
Soon they shall wither, perhaps tomorrow already.

Once more, before the world again
Goes mad and shrills with war,
Let us take pleasure in the few
Beautiful things and sing songs to them.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-01
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