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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Das ist das Glück: am Feierabend müd
Im Bänklein sitzen und ins Weite lauschen,
Wo am Gebirg der Abendglast verglüht
Und ferne [Wälder]1 ihren Frieden rauschen.

Hinträumend wandelt in die alten Zeit
Und scheu dein stillgewordner Wunsch zurück
Zu lang verglühten Träumen, Wonnen, Leiden
Und Jugendhoffnungen ...... Das war das Glück.

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Confirmed with Unterwegs. Gedichte von Hermann Hesse, München: Georg Müller Verlag, 1911, page 42.

1 "Ströme" in a later publication (Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 159)


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "In the evening after work", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Fin de journée", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2013-03-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 51

In the evening after work
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
That is happiness: weary after a day of work
To sit on a little bench and listen into the distance,
To where the evening glow is extinguished upon the mountains
And distant [forests sough]1 their peace.

Dreaming and shy, your now-silent wish wanders
Into the olden times and back 
To long extinguished dreams, joys, sorrows
And hopes of youth ...... That was happiness.

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1 "rivers rush" in a later publication


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This text was added to the website: 2018-02-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 63