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

Purpurrose
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich hatte dir ein Lied gespielt.
Du schwiegest. Deine Rechte hielt
Mit lassen Fingern eine große,
Blutrote, reife Purpurrose.

Und über uns mit fremder Pracht
Stieg auf die milde Sommernacht,
In wunderbarem Glanz erschlossen,
Die erste Nacht, die wir genossen.

Stieg auf und bog den dunklen Arm
Um uns, und war so laß und warm.
Du streiftest still von deinem Schoße
Die Blätter einer Purpurrose.

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 59.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Crimson rose", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Rose pourpre", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2009-04-29
Line count: 12
Word count: 65

Crimson rose
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I had played you a song,
You were silent. With limp fingers
Your right hand held a large,
Blood-red, ripe, crimson rose.

And above us with foreign splendour
The mild summer night arose,
Revealed in a wondrous radiance,
The first night that we savoured.

Arose and passed its dark arm
Around us, and was so languorous and warm.
Quietly you brushed from your lap
The petals of a crimson rose.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-09-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 70