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

Schilt nicht! Ich kann nicht beten
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Schilt nicht! Ich kann nicht beten,
Ich will nur im Vorübergehn
An deine Stufen treten
Und deine Augen sehn.

Es ist ein reines Glänzen
Um deine Stirn, das mich beglückt;
Ich habe sie ja mit Kränzen
Als Kind so oft geschmückt.

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 105.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 41

Do not chide me! I cannot pray
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Do not chide me! I cannot pray,
Only in passing do I wish
To approach Thy steps
And see Thy eyes.

There is a pure radiance about
Thy brow, which delights me;
For as a child I so often adorned
[Thy brow] with wreaths.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Schilt nicht! Ich kann nicht beten" = "Do not chide me! I cannot pray"
"Marienlied" = "Song to the Virgin Mary"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-01-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 44