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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Magst noch so viele Sorgen haben,
Was wissen davon deine Mädel und Knaben?
Wirf ab, was dich bedrücken mag,
Rüst ihnen reich den Weihnachtstag,
Damit auch dir im Herzen
Der Heiland wohnen mag.

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 532.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "December", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Though you have ever so many cares,
What do your girls and boys know of that?
Cast off what may be weighing upon you,
Prepare Christmas for them opulently,
In order that in your heart as well
The Saviour may take up residence.


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