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

Ich will nicht länger in dem Dunkel...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ich will nicht länger in dem Dunkel tasten,
Das meinen Fragen keine Antwort hat;
Ich will mich endlich still von dieser Statt
Des Grauens trennen und auch einmal rasten.

Wie viele Tage ging ich ein und aus
Und suchte heim und fand nur wirre Gänge,
Und suchte Licht und fand nur finstre Enge,
Ein eingesperrtes Kind im dunklen Haus.

Mir ist, ich sähe einen fernen Schein
Des Lichtes durch die Finsternis mir tagen.
Das Grauen weicht, der Boden will mich tragen
Dem fernen Licht entgegen und hinein.

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 172.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 87

I no longer wish to feel my way...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I no longer wish to feel my way tentatively in the dark,,
Which has no answer to my questions;
I want finally to break away from this place
Of horror and to rest for once as well.

How many days I passed in and out
And sought my way home and found only confusing corridors,
And sought light and found only darksome narrowness,
A child locked up in a dark house.

It seems to me that I see a distant shimmer
Of light dawning for me through the darkness.
The horror ebbs, the ground shall bear me
Toward the distant light and into it.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Entschluss" = "Resolve"
"Entschluß" = "Resolve"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-14
Line count: 12
Word count: 104