Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ruhe bei Ihr
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
In diesen bangen Tagen
Was kann man Bess'res tun,
Als, jeder Sorg' entschlagen,
An treuem Herzen ruhn?

Ja, komm du Herz voll Liebe,
Du Kind, o süßer Klang!
Du Mai im Winter trübe,
Du Tag in Nächten bang!

Wie Blumen ohne Schmerzen
Beim Schein der Sonne sind,
Wie an dem Mutterherzen
In Wonne ruht ein Kind;

Wie Vogel ohne Sorgen
Bei Kraut und Blume tut,
Wie tief im Wald verborgen
Ein Reh beim Borne ruht;

So laß mich bei dir bleiben,
Daß von der Menschen Qual,
Von all dem bangen Treiben
Dies Herz ausschläft einmal.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Repose with her", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2008-06-15
Line count: 20
Word count: 95

Repose with her
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In these anxious days,
What better thing could one do
Than, divested of all cares,
To rest upon a loyal heart?

Yes, come [to me], you heart filled with love,
You child, oh sweet sound!
You [who are like] May in the dismal Winter,
You [who are like] day in anxious nights!

As flowers are without pain
In the shining of the sun,
As on a mother's heart,
A child rests in pleasure;

As a bird without worries
Cavorts around greenery and flowers;
As, hidden in the forest,
The deer rests by a spring;

So let me stay with you,
That this heart may for once
Be free of mankind's torment
And of all this fearsome toil.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-15
Line count: 20
Word count: 117