possibly by Paul Gerhardt (1606 - 1676) and possibly by Joseph, Freiherr von Hammer-Purgstall (1774 - 1856)

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Mein Herz in mir theil' ich mit dir; 
Brech' ich's von dir, räch's Gott an mir. 
Vergeß' ich dein, vergeß' Gott mein: 
Dies soll für uns beide Verbündniß sein. 

Confirmed with Joseph, Freiherr von Hammer-Purgstall , Die Gallerinn auf der Rieggersburg, Darmstadt: Carl Wilhelm Leske, 1845, page 238. Appears in Zweiter Theil: Die Huldigung und die Verschwörung. The narrator of the novel states that he and his wife visited a castle and found this verse etched into a windowpane, so the verse may be by the author or it may be a quotation of an older poem. In catalogs, Kahn's text is said to be by Gerhardt, but this may be incorrect. There are anthologies with this verse that do not state an author.


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

  • by Robert Kahn (1865 - 1951), "Gelöbnis", subtitle: "Trauungsgesang", op. 43 (Neun Duette mit Klavierbegleitung) no. 6 (1905) [ duet for 2 voices with piano ] [sung text not yet checked]

Researcher for this text: Melanie Trumbull

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