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

Mein Heimweh und meine Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Mein Heimweh und meine Liebe
Ist heut in dieser heißen Nacht
Süß wie ein Duft von fremden Blumen
Zu heißem Leben aufgewacht.

Mein Heimweh und meine Liebe
Und all mein Glück und Mißgeschick
Steht wie ein stummes Lied geschrieben
In deinem dunklen Märchenblick.

Mein Heimweh und meine Liebe,
Der Welt und allem Lärm entflohn,
Hat sich in deinen dunklen Augen
Erbaut einen heimlichen Königsthron.

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 31.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Yeux noirs", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La mia nostalgia e il mio amore", copyright © 2009, (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: 2007-06-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

My homesickness and my love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My homesickness and my love
Is today, in this hot night,
As sweet as a scent from foreign flowers
Awakened to fervent life.

My homesickness and my love
And all my good and bad fortune
Stands like a mute song, written
In your dark fairy-tale gaze.

My homesickness and my love,
Having escaped from the world and all clamour,
Has in your dark eyes built itself
A secret royal throne.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Mein Heimweh" = "My homesickness"
"Dunkle Augen" = "Dark eyes"
"Mein Heimweh und meine Liebe" = "My homesickness and my love"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-04-20
Line count: 12
Word count: 70