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

Ich habe meine Kerze ausgelöscht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich habe meine Kerze ausgelöscht;
Zum offenen Fenster strömt die Nacht herein,
Umarmt mich sanft und läßt mich ihren Freund
Und ihren Bruder sein.

Wir beide sind am selben Heimweh krank;
Wir senden ahnungsvolle Träume aus
Und reden flüsternd von der alten Zeit
In unsres Vaters Haus.

About the headline (FAQ)

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 148.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2013, (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 between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 47

I have extinguished my candle
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I have extinguished my candle;
Night streams in through the open window,
Embraces me gently and permits me to be its friend
And its brother.

We are both suffering from the same homesickness;
We send forth dreams full of premonitions
And speak whisperingly of the past time
In our father’s house.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Die Nacht" = "Night"
"Ich habe meine Kerze ausgelöscht" = "I have extinguished my candle"
"Nacht" = "Night"
"Nacht II" = "Night II"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-09-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 51