by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by David Kenneth Smith

Er ist gekommen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Er ist gekommen
In Sturm und Regen,
Ihm schlug beklommen 
Mein Herz entgegen.
Wie konnt' ich ahnen, 
Daß seine Bahnen
Sich einen sollten meinen Wegen?

Er ist gekommen 
In Sturm und Regen,
Er hat genommen 
Mein Herz verwegen.
Nahm er das meine? 
Nahm ich das seine?
Die beiden kamen sich entgegen.

Er ist gekommen 
In Sturm und Regen.
Nun ist [entglommen]1 
Des Frühlings Segen.
Der Freund zieht weiter, 
Ich seh' es heiter,
Denn [er bleibt mein]2 auf allen Wegen.

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Note: this poem appears in collections in different places: Zweiter Strauß, Geschieden, no. 3 (and sometimes 7); and Erster Strauss, no. 35.
1 C. Schumann: "gekommen"
2 Franz: "mein bleibt er"

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hij is gekomen in storm en regen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "He came in storm and rain", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Sullivan Dwight) , "His coming"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Il est venu sous la tempête et la pluie", copyright © 2008, (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: 21
Word count: 79

He came in storm and rain
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
He came 
in storm and rain,
my anxious heart 
beat against his.
how could I have known, 
that his path
should unite itself with mine?

He came 
in storm and rain,
he boldly 
stole my heart.
Did he steal mine? 
Did I steal his?
Both came together.

He came
in storm and rain,
Now has come 
the blessing of spring.
My love travels abroad, 
I watch with cheer,
for he remains mine, on any road.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 21
Word count: 75