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

Ohne Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wie über eines tiefen Brunnens Rand,
So fallen Tage mir und Nächte nun
Leer, ohne Lust noch Leid noch Lied noch Tun
Gleich welken Sommerrosen aus der Hand.

Ich achte nicht, wie mir die Zeit vergeht,
Ich sehe nur, wie meiner Liebe Stern
Weitab gewendet schattenhaft und fern
Am bleichen Himmel meines Lebens steht.

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 89.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Without love", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sans amour", 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: 8
Word count: 54

Without love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
As over the edge of a deep well,
Days and nights now fall from my hand --
Empty, neither with joy nor pain nor song nor action --
Like wilting summer roses.

I do not heed how time passes for me,
I only see how the star of my love,
Turned far away from me, shadow-like and distant,
Stands upon the pale sky of my life.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 64