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

Wie sind die Tage schwer!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wie sind die Tage schwer!
An keinem Feuer kann ich erwarmen,
Keine Sonne lacht mir mehr,
Ist alles leer,
Ist alles kalt und ohne Erbarmen,
Und auch die lieben klaren
Sterne schauen mich trostlos an,
Seit ich im Herzen erfahren,
Daß Liebe sterben kann.

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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 197.


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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) , "Comme les jours sont pesants !", copyright © 2013, (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: 2007-06-02
Line count: 9
Word count: 44

How onerous are the days!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
How onerous are the days!
At no fire can I grow warm,
No sun smiles upon me any longer,
Everything is empty,
Everything is cold and without mercy,
And even the beloved, clear 
Stars gaze upon me disconsolately,
Since my heart has learned
That love can die.

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Translations of title(s):
"Wie sind die Tage schwer! " = "How onerous are the days!"
"Wie sind die Tage" = "How are the days"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-12
Line count: 9
Word count: 47