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

Einsamer Abend
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
In der leeren Flasche und im Glas
Wankt der Kerze Schimmer;
Es ist kalt im Zimmer.
Draußen fällt der Regen weich ins Gras.

Wieder legst du nun zu kurzer Ruh
Frierend dich und traurig nieder.
Morgen kommt und Abend wieder,
Kommen immer wieder,
Aber niemals du.

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 238.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Solitary Evening", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-02
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Word count: 46

Solitary Evening
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In the empty bottle and in the glass
The shimmering of the candle undulates;
It is cold in my chamber
Outdoors the rain falls softly into the grass.

Once again now, freezing and sad,
You lie down for a short rest.
Morning comes and evening again,
They come again and again,
But never you.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-03
Line count: 9
Word count: 54