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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Da ich verschlafen lag
An Waldes grünem Rand,
Geschah ein leiser Schrei im Land,
Und da ich mir die Augen rieb, 
War es schon heller Tag.

Vergangen ist mein Traum,
Mein schwerer Traum! Die Welt
Ist ringsum wohlbestellt
Und hat für mich und viele
Verlaufene Wanderer Raum.

O Tag, du junger Tag!
Dich darf ich noch durchmessen,
In dir die Zeit vergessen
Um mich und alles Schwere,
Das mir noch kommen mag.

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 150-151.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Morning", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Matin", 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: 2009-06-19
Line count: 15
Word count: 72

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
As I lay sleepily
At the green edge of a wood,
A soft cry happened in the land,
And when I rubbed my eyes
It was already bright day.

My dream is past,
My heavy dream! The world
Is in good order all around
And has room for me
And many lost wanderers.

Oh day, you young day!
I may still stride through you,
In you forget the time
Around me and everything burdensome
That I might yet encounter.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-02-01
Line count: 15
Word count: 79