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

Über den Himmel Wolken ziehn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Über [den Himmel]1 Wolken [ziehn]2,
Über die Felder [geht]3 der Wind,
Über die Felder wandert
Meiner Mutter verlorenes Kind.

Über die Straße Blätter wehn,
Über den Bäumen Vögel schrein --
Irgendwo über den Bergen
Muß meine ferne Heimat sein.

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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 57.

1 Thide: "die Erde"
2 Kurig: "gehn"
3 Kurig: "weht"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Over the fields", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

This text was added to the website: 2009-05-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

Over the fields
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Across the [heavens]1 clouds [scud]2,
Across the fields the wind [passes]3,
Over the fields wanders
The lost child of my mother.

Across the street leaves blow,
Over the trees birds shriek --
Somewhere over the mountains
My distant homeland must lie.

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1 Thide: "earth"
2 Kurig: "pass"
3 Kurig: "blows"


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This text was added to the website: 2013-09-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 40