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O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose! Wie wenn die Sonne triumphierend sich Hebt über Sterne, die am Himmel stunden, Ein Schimmer nach dem andern leis' erblich, Bis alle sind in einen Glanz geschwunden; So hab' ich, Liebste, dich Gefunden: Du kamst, da war, was je mein Herz empfunden, Geschwunden In dich. O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose! Wie wenn des Meeres Arme aufthun sich Den Strömen, die nach ihnen sich gewunden, Hinein sich diese stürzen brünstiglich, Bis sie die Ruh im tiefen Schooß gefunden; So, Liebste, hab' ich dich Empfunden: Sich hat mein Herz mit allen Sehnsuchtswunden Entbunden In dich. O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose! Wie wenn im Frühling tausendfältig sich Ein buntes Grün hat ringend losgewunden, Ein hadernd Volk, bis Rose, königlich Eintretend, es zum Kranz um sich verbunden; So, Liebste, hab' ich dich Umwunden: Der Kranz des Daseyns muss sich blühend runden, Gebunden In dich.
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- by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866), no title, appears in Lyrische Gedichte, in 3. Liebesfrühling, in 1. Erster Strauß. Erwacht, no. 10 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Hermann Reutter (1900 - 1985), "O Sonn, o Meer, o Rose", op. 54 (Vier Lieder) no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), "O Sonn', O Meer', O Rose!", op. 37 no. 10 (1841), published 1841 [ voice and piano ], from Zwölf Gedichte aus Friedrich Rückerts Liebesfrühling [nos. 2,4,11 by Clara Schumann; the rest by Robert Schumann], no. 10, Leipzig, Breitkopf und Härtel [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Oh sol, oh mar, oh rosa!", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "O zon, o zee, o roos, jij!", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "O sun, o sea, o rose!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ô soleil, Ô mer, Ô rose !", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 30
Word count: 148
O sun, o sea, o rose! Just as when the sun in triumph rises over the stars that were in the sky, and one glow after another quietly fades until all have disappeared into a single radiance; so have I, beloved, found thee; you came, and everything I had ever felt disappeared into thee. O sun, o sea, o rose! Just as when the sea's arms open up to the rivers that have wound their way to them, and the rivers plunge into them ardently until they find rest in the deepest bed of the sea; so have I, beloved, felt thee; my heart, with all its wounds of longing, released itself into thee. O sun, o sea, o rose! Just as when in the spring, in thousandfold, a bright green has, struggling, won freedom, a squabbling race, until the rose, royally entering, has woven it into a wreath around herself; so have I, beloved, encircled thee; the wreath of existence will be rounded out in blooms, woven into thee.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by John Glenn Paton, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866), no title, appears in Lyrische Gedichte, in 3. Liebesfrühling, in 1. Erster Strauß. Erwacht, no. 10
This text was added to the website: 2008-05-27
Line count: 30
Word count: 170