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Du mein einzig Licht

Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Du mein einzig Licht,
Die Lilj und Ros hat nicht,
Was an Farb und Schein
Dir möcht ähnlich sein,
Nur daß dein stolzer Mut
Der Schönheit unrecht thut.

"Trennen wollten wir uns?
Wähnten wir es klug und gut?
Da wir es thaten,
Warum schröckte, wie Mord,
Uns die That?"

Meine Heimat du,
Von [solcher]1 Lust und Ruh
Ist der Himmel gar
Wie die Erde bar.
Nur daß dein strenges Wort
Mich [wehrt]2 vom süßen Port.

"Ach! Wir kennen uns wenig,
Denn es waltet ein Gott in uns."

Alle Vöglein hier
samt ihrer Melodie
jubilierten nicht
ohn' der Liebe Pflicht
und würden nicht erfreut
durch diese Frühlingzeit.

Darum Liebster laß
uns beid ohn' Unterlaß
reden Tag und Nacht
von der Liebe Macht.
Das schafft dem Herzen Freud,
vertreibt mit Lust die Zeit.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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J. Brahms sets stanzas 1, 3

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1 Brahms: "welcher"
2 Brahms: "weht"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), adapted by Otto Roquette (1824 - 1896) , "Du mein einzig Licht!", subtitle: "Zu einer Volksmelodie" [an adaptation] DUT ENG FRE ; composed by Anton Deprosse.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "You my only light", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Toi mon unique lumière", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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You my only light

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You my only light,
lilies and roses do not have
any color or brightness
to compare with you;
only that your proud attitude
does injustice to your beauty.

My homeland you are,
of a joy and peace
that even Heaven,
like the earth, lacks;
only that your stern words
keep me from my sweet goal.

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Text added to the website: 2010-11-21 00:00:00.

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