by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

An meine Mutter
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
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.

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

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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "To my mother", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "À ma mère", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 56

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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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 58