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Du bist die Ruh

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du bist die Ruh,
Der Friede mild,
Die Sehnsucht du,
Und was sie stillt.

Ich weihe dir
[Voll]1 Lust und Schmerz
Zur Wohnung hier
Mein Aug' und Herz.

Kehr' [ein bei mir]2,
Und schließe du
Still hinter dir
Die Pforten zu.

Treib andern Schmerz
Aus dieser Brust.
Voll sey dies Herz
[Von]3 deiner Lust.

Dies Augenzelt
Von deinem Glanz
Allein erhellt,
O füll' es ganz.


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F. Curschmann sets stanzas 1-4
P. Nørgård sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Oestliche Rosen von Friedrich Rückert. Drei Lesen. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1822, pages 125-126; and with Gesammelte Gedichte von Friedrich Rückert. Vierter Band. Erlangen, Verlag von Carl Heyder. 1837, pages 107-108.

Note: The poem was first published 1822 in Rückert's Oestliche Rosen where all the poems have no titles. In subsequent editions (Erlangen, 1837: Gesammelte Gedichte, Frankfurt a. M., 1868: Gesammelte Poetische Werke) this poem got the title Kehr' ein bei mir!

1 Karg-Elert: "In"
2 Curschmann: "bei mir ein"
3 Curschmann: "Voll"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Melanie Trumbull and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Jij bent de rust", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lynn Thompson) , "You are peace, the mild peace", copyright © 1997, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "Thou art repose", first published 193-?
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "You are my rest", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "You are my rest", written 2010, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Tu es le repos", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Tu sei la pace", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Alexandre Trovon) , "Tu és o repouso", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-10-20 00:00:00.

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In jou vind ik

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

In jou vind ik
Mijn rust, zo mild,
Jij die al mijn 
Verlangen stilt.

Ik wijd aan jou
In vrede’ en smart
Als woning hier
Mijn oog en hart.

Kom nu bij mij
Met voetstap licht;
Trek achter jou
De deur zacht dicht.

Drijf uit mijn borst
Nu al mijn smart;
Laat van geluk
Vol zijn mijn hart. 

O, vul mijn oog
Met al het licht 
Dat helder straalt –
Van jouw gezicht.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866), "Kehr' ein bei mir!", appears in Östliche Rosen, in 1. Erste Lese, first published 1822 CAT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRI HEB IRI ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, John Böie, Friedrich Curschmann, Hans Fleischer, Oscar Fretzdorff, Moritz Hauptmann, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Carl Kossmaly, Franz Paul Lachner, Leopold Lenz, Ludwig Siegfried Meinardus, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Klaus Miehling, Per Nørgård, Rudolf Radecke, Hans Michael Schletterer, Franz Peter Schubert, Adam Taylor, Maude Valérie White. Go to the text.


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