by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Du meine Seele, du mein Herz
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE IRI ITA SPA SPA
Du meine [Seele]1, du mein Herz,
Du meine [Wonn', o du]2 mein Schmerz,
Du meine Welt, in der ich lebe,
Mein Himmel du, [darin]3 ich schwebe,
O du mein Grab, in das hinab
Ich ewig meinen Kummer gab!
Du bist die Ruh, du bist der Frieden,
Du bist [der]4 Himmel, mir beschieden.
Daß du mich liebst, macht mich mir wert,
Dein Blick hat mich vor mir verklärt,
Du hebst mich liebend über mich,
Mein guter Geist, mein beßres Ich!

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1 Bartók: "Liebe" (love)
2 Bartók: "Wonne, du"
3 in some editions, "darein"
4 Schumann: "vom"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Robert Garrigós) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "Dedicatòria", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Jij mijn bezieling", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "You my soul, my my heart", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Dedication", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Dedication", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Karel Vereycken) , "Toi mon âme, toi mon coeur", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dédicace", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Dedica", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Dedicatoria", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 79

Dedication
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Thou art my essence, thou my heart,
both bliss and woe to me thou art,
thou art the world that I discover,
thou art the heav'n in which I hover,
o thou my chest, deep in a grave
To which I e'er my sorrows gave.
Thou art repose, my peaceful living,
from heaven thou art  to me given.
That thou lov'st me ennobles me,
thy gaze has sent me clarity,
thy love lifts me above myself
my loving soul, my better self.

Authorship

  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2005 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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This text was added to the website: 2005-06-27
Line count: 12
Word count: 82