by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
Translation Singable translation by Edward Agate

Wenn du die kleine Hand mir gibst
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Wenn du [die kleine Hand]1 mir gibst,
Die so viel Ungesagtes sagt,
Hab ich dich jemals dann gefragt,
Ob du mich liebst?

Ich will ja nicht, daß du mich liebst,
Will nur, daß ich dich nahe weiß
Und daß du manchmal stumm und leis
Die Hand mir gibst.

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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 73.

1 Lindauer-Cattaneo: "deine kleine Hand"; J. Marx, Schütz: "die Hand"; Schick: "die liebe Hand"

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Request", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "S'il te plaît", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Richiesta", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2007-06-02 00:00:00
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Request
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When in my own thy hand I press,
Treasure that speaks when lips are lost,
Have I desired that thou confess,
Love holds thee fast?

'Tis not thy love for which I pine,
If thou thy presence but reveal,
And I in silence gently feel
Thy hand in mine.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2019-01-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-01-15 21:59:31
Line count: 8
Word count: 49