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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
So nahe lieget ihr beisammen
In eurem Garten, stille Schar.
Von eures Lebens grellen Flammen
Loht keine mehr. Das Glockenläuten
Will euch nicht Leid noch Lust bedeuten,
Noch Anklang dessen, was einst war.

Euch ist genug, dass in den Lüften
Hoch über euch der Flieder blüht
Und Sommernachts mit warmen Düften
Ob eurer Stätte festlich glüht.
Was noch in euch als Kraft, Begierde
Und unerlöster Drang gelebt,
Ist nun erlöst und frei und schwebt
Im Duft dahin als Spiel und Zierde.

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 154.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Village churchyard", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Cimetière de village", 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: 2009-05-26
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Word count: 81

Village churchyard
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You lie so close together
In your garden, you silent throng.
None of the lurid flames of your life
Blazes any longer. The bells’ tolling
Means neither sorrow nor joy to you,
Nor an echo of that which once was.

For you it is enough that in the breezes
High above you the lilac blooms
And on summer nights with warm scents 
Glows festively above your resting place.
What yet lived within you as power, desire,
And unredeemed urging,
Is now redeemed and free and wafts
Away in scent as play and adornment.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-10
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Word count: 93