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

Sei nicht traurig, bald ist es Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
[Sei]1 nicht traurig, bald ist es Nacht,
Da sehn wir über dem bleichen Land
Den kühlen Mond, wie er heimlich lacht
Und ruhen Hand in Hand.
Sei nicht traurig, bald kommt die Zeit,
Da haben wir Ruh. [Unsre]2 Kreuzlein stehen
Am hellen Straßenrande zu zweit,
Und es regnet und schneit,
Und die Winde kommen und gehen.

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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 183.

1 Ommeren: "O sei"
2 Ommeren: "Unsere"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Upon a ramble", subtitle: "To the memory of Knulp", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "In cammino", copyright © 2011, (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: 2007-06-02
Line count: 9
Word count: 56

Upon a ramble
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
[Do]1 not be sorrowful, soon it shall be night,
Then, over the pale land, we shall see
The cool moon secretly laughing
And we shall rest hand in hand.
Do not be sorrowful, soon the time shall come,
Then we shall have rest.  Our little crosses shall stand
Together at the bright roadside.
And it shall rain and snow
And the winds shall come and go.

Subtitle: "To the memory of Knulp"

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1 Ommeren: "Oh do"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-11-30
Line count: 9
Word count: 66