by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Sarah Hoffman

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
Herr, den ich tief im Herzen trage, sei Du mit mir.
Du Gnadenhort in Glück und Plage, sei Du mit mir;
[Im Brand des Sommers, der dem Manne die Wange bräunt,
Wie in der Jugend [Rosenhage]1 sei Du mit mir;]2 
Behüte mich am Born der Freude vor Übermut, 
[Und]3 wenn ich an mir selbst verzage, sei Du mit mir.
[Gib deinen Geist zu meinem Liede, daß rein es sei,
Und daß kein Wort mich einst verklage, sei Du mit mir.]2 
Dein Segen ist wie Tau den Reben; nichts kann ich selbst 
Doch daß ich kühn das Höchste wage, sei Du mit mir, 
O Du mein Trost, Du meine Stärke, mein Sonnenlicht 
Bis an das Ende meiner Tage, sei Du mit mir.

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1 Fehnberger: "Rosentage" (typo?) ; Lachner: "Rosenhain"
2 omitted by Hiller
3 omitted by Lachner


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

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Prayer", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sarah Hoffman) , "Prayer", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John H. Campbell

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 121

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lord, whom I carry deep in my heart,
may You be with me!
You merciful refuge, in fortune and torment,
may You be with me!
Protect me with a reservoir of joy, 
from pride,
and when I allow myself to fail, 
may You be with me.
Your blessing is like dew on the vine.
Naught can I do myself, 
but [with You] 
I boldly dare the heights.
O, You my comfort, You my strength,
my sunlight,
through the end of my days,
may You be with me!


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This text was added to the website: 2007-11-20
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Word count: 87