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

Nach dem Fest
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Von der Tafel rinnt der Wein,
Alle Kerzen flackern trüber,
Wieder bin ich [denn]1 allein,
Wieder ist ein Fest vorüber.

Traurig lösch ich Licht um Licht
In den still gewordnen Räumen,
Nur der Wind im Garten spricht
Ängstlich mit den schwarzen Bäumen.

Ach, wenn dieser Trost nicht wär,
Müde Augen zuzumachen...!
Und ich fühle kein Begehr,
Jemals wieder aufzuwachen.

View original text (without footnotes)

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 204.

1 Baur: "nun"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "After the celebration", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Après la fête", 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: 2009-04-30
Line count: 12
Word count: 59

After the celebration
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The wine runs off the table,
All the candles are flickering more dimly,
[Thus]1 I am once again alone,
Once again a celebration is over.

Sadly I extinguish light upon light
In the rooms that have grown quiet,
Only the wind in the garden speaks
Anxiously with the black trees.

Ah, if I did not have this comfort,
To close my weary eyes...!
And I feel no desire
Ever to waken again.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Baur: "Now"

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2019 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
    Contact: 

Based on

 

This text was added to the website: 2019-03-18
Line count: 12
Word count: 72