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Was sorgest du? Sey stille, meine Seele!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was sorgest du? Sey stille, meine Seele!
Denn Gott ist ein [getreuer]1 Hirt,
Der mir, auch wenn ich mich nicht quäle,
Nichts mangeln lassen wird.

Er weidet mich auf bluhmenreicher Aue,
[Und]2 führt mich frischen Wassern zu,
Und bringet mich, im kühlen Thaue,
Zur sichern Abendruh.

Er hört nicht auf, mich liebreich zu beschirmen,
Im Schatten vor des Tages Glut,
In seinem Schooße vor den Stürmen
Und schwarzer Bosheit Wuth.

Auch wenn er mich durch finstre Thäler leiten,
Mich durch die Wüste führen wird,
Will ich nichts fürchten! Mir zu Seiten
Geht dieser treue Hirt.

Ich sehe schon, daß mir von meinem Freunde
Ein reicher Tisch bereitet ist,
Im Angesichte meiner Feinde,
Trotz ihrer Hinterlist.

Sie sehn den Schutz des [Höchsten, und sie]3 schämen
Sich [ihrer schwach erfundnen]4 Macht.
Wie sollten mir die Menschen nehmen,
Was Gott mir zugedacht!

Ich aber will ihn preisen und ihm danken!
Ich halt an meinem Hirten fest;
Und mein Vertrauen soll nicht wanken,
Wenn alles mich verläßt.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4, 7

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Confirmed with Sämtliche Poetische Werke von J. P. Uz. Erster Band. Leipzig in der Dykischen Buchhandlung. 1768, pages 335-336; and with Poetische Werke von Johann Peter Uz. Zweyter Band. Nach seinen eigenhändigen Verbesserungen herausgegeben von Christian Felix Weisse. Wien. Bey J. V. Degen, Buchdrucker und Buchhändler. 1805, pages 267-268.

Note: The poem's title is Der gute Hirt in the 1805 edition.

1 Schubert: "guter"
2 Schubert: "Er"
3 Uz/Weisse (1805 edition): "Ewigen, und"
4 Uz/Weisse (1805 edition): "ihres Nichts vor seiner"

Submitted by Richard Morris 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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Why are you anxious? Be still, my soul!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Why are you anxious? Be still, my soul!
for God is a good shepherd
to me, even when I am not troubled,
and he will not let me fail.

He lets me graze in flowery meadows,
he leads me to fresh water,
and brings me through the cool dew
to a secure evening rest.

He will not stop sheltering me lovingly
in the shadows from the blaze of day,
in his lap from storms
and from dark raging wickedness.

And when he guides me through dark valleys
and leads me through the wasteland,
I shall fear nothing; for at my side
this faithful shepherd walks.

Instead I will praise him and thank him!
I will cling to my shepherd;
and my faith will not falter
even if I lose everything.

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Translation of title "Der gute Hirt(e)" = "The good shepherd"


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