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

Lange waren meine Augen müd
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Lange waren meine Augen müd
Und vom Rauch der Städte bang verschleiert,
Nun erwacht ich schaudernd. Feste feiert
Jeder Baum und jeder Garten blüht.

Wieder wie ich einst als Knabe sah,
Seh ich fröhlich durch die sanften Weiten
Engel ihre weißen Flügel breiten
Und die Augen Gottes blau und nah.

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 133.


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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) , 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: 2009-05-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

Long were my eyes weary
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Long were my eyes weary
And anxiously veiled by the smoke of the cities,
Now I wakened with a shudder. Festivals are being
Celebrated by every tree and every garden is blooming.

Once again as I did back then as a lad,
I see angels spread their white wings
Joyfully through the gentle expanses
And [see] the eyes of God blue and near.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Genesung" = "Recovery"
"Lange waren meine Augen müd'" = "Long were my eyes weary"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 63