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

Harte Menschen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wie ist euer Blick so hart,
Will alles versteinen,
Ist nicht der kleinste Traum darin,
Ist alles kalte Gegenwart.

Mag denn in eurem Sinn
Gar keine Sonne scheinen?
Und müsset ihr nicht weinen,
Daß ihr nie Kinder wart?

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 217.


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

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Remorseless people
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
How cruel is your gaze,
[How it] wishes to turn everything to stone,
There is not the smallest dream therein,
Everything is cold present.

May absolutely no sun
Shine within your spirit?
And must you not weep [over the fact]
That you were never children?


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-19
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Word count: 45