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

Für Ninon
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Daß du bei mir magst weilen,
Wo doch mein Leben dunkel ist
Und draußen Sterne eilen
Und alles voll Gefunkel ist,

Daß du in dem Getriebe
Des Lebens eine Mitte weißt,
Macht dich und deine Liebe
Für mich zum guten Geist. 

In meinem Dunkel ahnst du
Den so verborgnen Stern. 
Mit deiner Liebe mahnst du
Mich an des Lebens süßen Kern.

Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 311-312.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "For Ninon", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 12
Word count: 61

For Ninon
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
That you like to remain with me
When my life is, after all, dark
And outside, the stars hasten
And everything is full of a sparkling,

That in the bustle of life
You know of a center,
Makes you and your love
A benign spirit for me.

In my darkness you discern
The star that is so concealed.
With your love you remind me
Of the sweet core of life.


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Line count: 12
Word count: 70