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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
O reine, [wundervolle]1 Schau,
Wenn du aus Purpurrot und Gold
Dich ebnest friedvoll, ernst und hold,
Du leuchtendes Späthimmelblau!

Du mahnst an eine blaue See,
Darauf das Glück vor Anker hält
Zu seliger Rast. Vom Ruder fällt
Der letzte Tropfen Erdenweh.

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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 53.

1 I. Schneider: "wunderbare"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Late blue", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Bleu du soir", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 41

Late blue
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh pure, [wonderful]1 spectacle,
When from out of crimson and gold,
Peaceful, serious, and lovely, you spread yourself out smoothly,
You glowing blue of the late sky!
You remind [us] of a blue lake
Upon which happiness anchors
For blessed rest. From the oar falls
The last drop of earthly pain.

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1 I. Schneider: "wondrous"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 51