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

Eine rote Sonne liegt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Eine rote Sonne liegt
In des Teiches tiefen Fluten,
Ein verirrter Falter fliegt
Über Schilf und Weidenruten.

Alles, was mein Herz verlor,
Jugendmut und Kinderfrieden,
Schlummert hier im gelben Rohr,
Einsam, stumm, weltabgeschieden.

Wie ein breites Abendrot
Liegt mein Leben und mein Leiden,
Ruhig wie ein dunkles Boot
Meine Träume drüber gleiten.

Über meinen wilden Sinn
Ist ein Frieden ausgegossen;
Was ich war und was ich bin,
Ist in einen Traum zerflossen.

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 35.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "A red sun rests", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , 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: 2009-05-01
Line count: 16
Word count: 72

A red sun rests
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A red sun rests
In the deep waters of the pond,
A lost butterfly hovers
Over reeds and trailing willow branches.

Everything that my heart lost,
Youth’s courage and childhood’s peace,
Slumbers here in the yellow reeds,
Lonely, mute, apart from this world.

Like a broad red glow of evening
My life and my sufferings lie,
Quietly like a dark boat
My dreams glide over them.

Over my wild spirit
A peace has been poured;
What I was and what I am
Has dissolved into a dream.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-01-07
Line count: 16
Word count: 87