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Du Urquell aller Güte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du Urquell aller Güte,
Du Urquell aller Macht,
Lindhauchend aus der Blüte,
Hochdonnernd aus der Schlacht,
Allwärts ist Dir bereitet
Ein Tempel und ein Fest,
Allwärts von Dir geleitet,
Wer gern sich leiten läßt.

Du siehst in dies mein Herze,
Kennst seine Lust und Noth:
Mild winkt der Heimath Kerze,
Kühn ruft [glorwürdiger]1 Tod;
Mit mir in eins zusammen
[Schlingt]2 hier sich [Kindleins]3 Huld,
Und draußen leuchten Flammen,
Abbrennend Schmach und Schuld.

Bereit bin ich zu sterben
Im Kampf, der Ahnen werth,
Nur sichre vor Verderben
Mir Weib und Kind am Heerd.
Dein ist in mir die Liebe,
[Die]4 diesen beiden quillt,
Dein auch sind muth'ge Triebe,
Davon die Brust mir schwillt.

Kann es sich mild gestalten,
So laß es, Herr, geschehn,
Den Frieden [fürder]5 walten,
Und Sitt' und Ruh' bestehn.
Wo nicht, so gieb zum Werke
Uns Licht in Sturmesnacht;
Du ew'ge Lieb' und Stärke,
Dein Wollen sei vollbracht.

Wohin Du mich willst haben,
Mein Herr, ich steh' bereit,
Zu frommen [Liebesgaben]6,
Wie auch [zum wackern]7 Streit.
Dein Bot' in Schlacht und Reise,
Dein Bot' im stillen Haus,
Ruh' ich auf alle Weise,
Doch einst im Himmel aus.


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Confirmed with Die Musen. Herausgegeben von Friedrich Baron de la Motte Fouqué und Wilhelm Neumann. Jahrgang 1813. Berlin, bei Julius Eduard Hitzig, pages 254-255; with Gedichte von Friedrich Baron de la Motte Fouqué. Zweiter Band. Gedichte aus dem Manns-Alter. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1817, pages 62-63; and with Die wunderbaren Begebenheiten des Grafen Alethes von Lindenstein. Ein Roman von Friedrich Baron de la Motte Fouqué. Erster Theil. Wien, in der Haas'schen Buchhandlung. 1817, pages 184-185.

Note: First published 1813 in Die Musen with the subtitle Aus einer umgedruckten [sic!] Dichtung. Later published as Berthold's prayer in Fouqué's novel Die wunderbaren Begebenheiten des Grafen Alethes von Lindenstein (Zweites Buch. Fünftes Kapitel), and simultaneously in Fouqué's collected poems, here as number XXXVIII with the subtitle 1809.

1 Fouqué (in the novel and Wien 1818 edition), and Schubert: "glorwürd'ger"
2 Fouqué (in the novel): "Schmiegt"
3 Schubert (autograph score and Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Kindes"
4 Fouqué (in the novel): "So"
5 Fouqué (in the novel): "künftig"
6 Fouqué (1817 "Gedichte" edition): "Liedesgaben" (apparently misprint)
7 Fouqué (Wien 1818 edition): "zu wackerm"

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

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Gebed", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Knut W. Barde) , "Prayer", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "Prayer", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Prière", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Prayer

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You source of all goodness,
You source of all power,
You breathe the blossom's gentle breath,
You roar the battle's rolling thunder.

Everywhere are prepared for you
A temple and a feast,
Everywhere are led by you those
Who gladly want to be led.

You see into this heart of mine,
You know its joy and pain,
A candle from home beckons gently,
A Glorifying death calls daringly.

I am here infused
With a child's worship and love,
And outside flames are glowing
That burn down disgrace and guilt.

I am willing to die in a fight
Worthy of ancestors' pride,
Only protect from perdition
By the hearth my wife and my child.

Yours is the love within me
That towards those two does crest,
Yours too the daring instincts
That do so swell my breast.

If it can be done with tender care,
Then let it happen, Lord,
That peace may reign,
And order and quiet remain.

Where that cannot be, guide our work
With light in stormy night,
You, the eternal love and might.
Your will shall be done.

Wherever you want me to go,
I stand at the ready, my Lord!
To offer pious gifts of love,
Or to bravely enter a fight.

Your envoy in battle and abroad,
Your envoy in a quiet home,
I surely shall find my reward,
A rest in a heavenly realm.


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