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An meine Mutter

Language: German (Deutsch)

Siehe, von allen den Liedern nicht eines gilt dir, o Mutter!
Dich zu preisen, o glaub's, bin ich zu arm und zu reich. 
Ein noch ungesungenes Lied ruhst du mir [im]1 Busen,
Keinem vernehmbar sonst, mich nur zu trösten bestimmt, 
Wenn sich das Herz unmutig der Welt abwendet und einsam 
Seines himmlischen Teils [bleibenden]2 Frieden bedenkt.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 ? : "am"
2 Wetzel : "ewigen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "To my mother", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2015-09-28 14:27:53

Line count: 6
Word count: 56

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To my mother

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

See, of all the songs not one is adequate, o Mother,
To praise you, I think! I am too poor and too rich.
A still unsung melody, holds me to thy bosom,
nothing else can provide, such comfort to me,
when this heart in pain turns away from the world and alone
its heavenly part considers eternal peace.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "An meine Mutter"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Othmar Schoeck, Oskar Ulmer, Felix Paul Weingartner, Justus Hermann Wetzel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42

Line count: 6
Word count: 58