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

Berge in der Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Der See ist erloschen,
Schwarz schläft das Ried,
Im Traume flüsternd.
Ungeheuer ins Land gedehnt
Drohen die hingestreckten Berge.
Sie ruhen nicht.
Sie atmen tief, und sie halten
Einer den andern an sich gedrückt.
Tief atmend,
Mit dumpfen Kräften beladen,
Unerlöst in verzehrender Leidenschaft.

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 165.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Mountains in the night", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Montagne dans la nuit", 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: 2009-05-06
Line count: 11
Word count: 44

Mountains in the night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The lake has been extinguished,
The reeds sleep in blackness,
Whispering in a dream.
Stretching out hugely into the land,
The splaying mountains threaten.
They do not rest.
They breathe deeply, and they hold
One another closely and tightly.
Breathing deeply,
Weighed down with leaden powers,
Unredeemed in consuming passion.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-02-24
Line count: 11
Word count: 50