by Paul Hohenberg (1885 - 1956)
Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Sehnsucht III
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wenn die Nacht sich über die Welt senkt
mit dem segnenden Schwingen,
dann erwacht das Sehnen in mir.
Nicht mehr kann ich's bezwingen.

Dann erwacht' das Sehnen in mir 
nach entschwundene Tagen,
wo ich der Liebe Leid und Lust
in dem Herzen getragen.

Wo ich ein leuchtendes Sternenpaar 
sah in mein Leben scheinen,
teures Lieb! Wenn ich daran denke
muß ich weinen, so bitterlich weinen.


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

  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Longing 3", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Nostalgie III", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 65

Longing 3
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When night settles itself over the world
With its wings of benediction,
Then a longing awakens within me.
No longer can I control it.

Then a longing awakens within me
After fleeting days,
Where the pain and passion of love
I carried in my heart.

Where I saw a pair of luminous stars
Shining within my life;
Dearest love! Whenever I think about that
I must weep, weep so bitterly. 


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This text was added to the website: 2020-02-01
Line count: 12
Word count: 70