Translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876)

Mother ! oh, sing me to rest
Language: English 
Mother! oh, sing me to rest 
As in my bright days departed: 
Sing to thy child, the sick-hearted, 
Songs for a spirit oppress'd ...

Lay this tired head on thy breast ! 
Flowers from the night-dew are closing. 
Pilgrims and mourners reposing 
Mother, oh ! sing me to rest!

Take back thy bird to its net ! 
Weary is young life when blighted, 
Heavy this love unrequited!
Mother, oh ! sing me to rest!

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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Sebastian Benson Schlesinger (1837 - 1917) ; composed by Sebastian Benson Schlesinger.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) ; composed by Gustav Flügel, Ernst Paul Flügel, Robert Franz, Fanny Hensel, Eugen Hildach, Ferdinand von Hiller, Adolf Jensen, Anton Kappeller, Arno Kleffel.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Aleksey Nikolayevich Pleshcheyev (1825 - 1893) [an adaptation] ; composed by Vladimir Timofeyevich Sokolov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Mikhail Larionovich Mikhailov (1829 - 1865) , no title, first published 1855 ; composed by Boris Vladimirovich Podgoretsky, Pyotr Andreyevich Shchurovsky, Vladimir Timofeyevich Sokolov, Konstantin Nikolayevich Startsev, Sergey Aleksandrovich Zaitsev.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-11-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 74

Mutter, o sing mich zur Ruh
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
[Mutter, o sing]1 mich zur Ruh
Wie noch in schöneren Stunden,
Sing meinem Herzen, dem wunden,
Tröstende Lieder sing du!

Drücke die Augen mir zu!
Blumen die Häupter jetzt neigen;
Trauernde rasten und schweigen,
Mutter, o sing mich zur Ruh!

Bette dein Vögelchen du!
Stürme, ach! haben's entfiedert;
Liebe, sie drückt unerwiedert;
Mutter, o sing mich zur Ruh!

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1 Hiller: "Mutter, Mutter, o bring'"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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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):


Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-08
Line count: 12
Word count: 58