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

Darf ich dir sagen, daß du mir
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Darf ich dir sagen, daß du mir
Wie eine schöne Schwester scheinst
Und leises Glück mit Lustbegier
In meiner Seele seltsam einst?

Und daß wir beide Gäste sind
Von ferneher, und daß wir beiden,
Sobald die dunkle Nacht beginnt,
Dasselbe bange Heimweh leiden?

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 69.


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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "May I tell you that you seem to me", 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: 2009-04-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 43

May I tell you that you seem to me
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
May I tell you that you seem to me
Like a beautiful sister,
And strangely unite quiet happiness
And passionate desire within my soul?

And that we are both guests
From far away, and that the two of us,
As soon as the dark night begins,
Suffer from the same anxious homesickness?


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-02-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 52