by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by David Evan Thomas (b. 1958)

Du bist die Ruh
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You are harmony
and rest.
You are yearning
and its cadence.

I dedicate to you,
as to a sacred place,
full of pain and joy,
my eyes and heart.

Turn to me now
and quietly
close the doors
behind you.

Drive other sorrows
far away:
May my heart fill
with delight in you.

This vaulted dome
with your light voice
alone is filled,
Oh let it ring.


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Researcher for this text: Dave Evan Thomas

This text was added to the website: 2006-06-14
Line count: 20
Word count: 67