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

Nun der Tag mich müd gemacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG ENG FRE FRI ITA NOR SPA
[Nun]1 der Tag mich [müd]2 gemacht,
Soll mein sehnliches Verlangen
Freundlich die gestirnte Nacht
Wie ein müdes Kind empfangen. 

Hände, laßt von allem Tun,
Stirn vergiß du alles Denken,
Alle meine Sinne nun
Wollen sich in Schlummer senken. 

Und die Seele unbewacht
Will in freien Flügen schweben,
Um im Zauberkreis der Nacht
Tief und tausendfach zu leben.

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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 216.

1 Reichert: "Wenn"
2 Lubrich: "still"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A l'anar a dormir", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "Bij 't slapengaan", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Bij het slapen gaan", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "While going to sleep", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "En allant dormir", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , "Slieperstiid", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , "Addormentandosi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Ved sovetid", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Al irse a dormir", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-07-03 13:45:41
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Now that the day has made me weary
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
[Now]1 that the day has made me [weary]2,
May the starry night kindly
Receive my fervent longing
Like a tired child.

Hands, leave off from all labour,
Brow, forget all thinking,
All my senses now
Wish to sink into slumber.

And the unguarded soul
Wishes to soar in free flights,
To live deeply and thousandfold
In the magical circle of night.

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Translations of title(s):
"Abendlied" = "Evening song"
"Beim Schlafengehen" = "While going to bed"
"Nun der Tag mich müd gemacht" = "Now that the day has made me weary"
"Abend" = "Evening"

1 Reichert: "When"
2 Lubrich: "silent"

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Text added to the website: 2017-12-06 00:00:00
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