by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Herr! schicke, was du willt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA SPA
Herr! schicke, was du [willt]1,
Ein Liebes oder Leides;
Ich bin vergnügt, daß beides
Aus deinen Händen quillt.

Wollest mit Freuden 
Und wollest mit Leiden
Mich nicht überschütten!
Doch in der Mitten,
Liegt holdes Bescheiden.

F. Volkmann sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Eduard Mörike, Gedichte, Dramatisches, Erzählendes, Zweite, erweiterte Auflage, Stuttgart: J.G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachf., 1961, pages 134-135.

1 the modern form, "willst", is often used instead.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Prayer", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Prayer", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Prière", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Prière", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Preghiera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Martin Zubiria) , "Plegaria", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 35

Prayer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lord, send what You will,
love or sorrow;
I am content that both
spring from Your hands.

But may you wish with neither joy 
nor sorrow
to overwhelm me!
For in the middle
lies modest contentment.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 36