SOMETHING PERSONAL

IN MEMORIAM

LORLY KUMMLER-DIENER
1911-2010

BEIM SCHLAFENGEHEN
ON GOING TO SLEEP

Nun der Tag mich müd gemacht,
Soll mein sehnliches Verlangen
Freundlich die gestirnte Nacht
Wie ein müdes Kind empfangen.

Now that day has wearied me,
My ardent longing
Shall greet the starry night,
Friendly, like a tired child.

Hände lasst von allem Tun,
Stirn vergiss du alles Denken,
Alle meine Sinne nun
Wollen sich in Schlummer senken.

Hands, cease from all your deeds,
Brow, forget all your thinking;
All my senses now
Wish to sink in slumber.

Und die Seele unbewacht
Will in freien Flügen schweben,
Um im Zauberkreis der Nacht
Tief und tausendfach zu leben.

And the soul, unobserved,
Will soar in free flight
Into the enchanted circle of night
To live deep and thousandfold.

( von Hermann Hesse)


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