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O du mein Kind, das schlummernd mir...

Language: German (Deutsch)

O du mein Kind, das schlummernd mir genaht,
traumvollen Gangs mit tiefem Frageblick,
der keinen Weg erkannte dieser Irrnis,
     wer sprach vom Leben dir?
O Schwester du, die meine Hand ergriff,
getreu und still und gleichen Schrittes ging,
in süßer Sorge ihres Bruders wartend,
     wer gab Vertrauen dir?
Geliebte du, die meiner Seelen Flamme,
die hohe, nährte in Beseligung
und Glut herniedergoß von lichtern Sphären,
     wer spendet Inbrunst dir?
O Mütterliche, wann zur Stunde einst
dein milder Schoß mich gar so Müden hegt,
vor dieser Welt zu bergen den Verirrten,
     wer dann, wer heiligt dich?

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Nachgelassene Schriften von Walter Calé. Mit einem Vorwort von Fritz Mauthner, herausgegeben und eingeleitet von Arthur Brückmann, Dritte Auflage, Berlin: S. Fischer Verlag, 1910, page 160

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-11-01.
Last modified: 2016-11-01 18:58:23
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Word count: 95

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Oh you my child, who approached me...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh you my child, who approached me slumbering,
with dream-filled tread, with profoundly questioning gaze,
which could discern no path in this confusion,
     who spoke to you of life?
Oh sister you, who took hold of my hand,
faithful and quiet, and matched your steps to mine,
caring for her brother with sweet solicitude,
     who gave you trust?
Beloved you, who in blissfulness nourished
the flame of my soul, the lofty flame,
and poured down fervour from brighter spheres,
     who bestows ardour upon you?
Oh motherly one, when once at my hour
your gentle lap shall harbour me, the oh so weary one,
concealing from the world him who is lost,
     who then, who shall hallow thee?

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