Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Bist du
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Mild wie ein Lufthauch im Mai,
rein wie die Perle im Meer,
klar wie der Himmel in Rom,
so still wie die Mondnacht bist du.

Kalt wie der Gletscher der Alp,
fest wie der Felsen, der Fels von Granit,
ruhig wie's Wasser im See,
wie Gott unergründlich bist du!

Denn aus den Sphären des Lichts,
denn aus den Welten der Schönheit und Liebe,
denn aus den Höhen des Alls,
denn aus den Tiefen des Seins kommst du!


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "You are", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Sylvain Labartette) , title 1: "Tu es", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Sei tu", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Virginia Knight

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 77

You are
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
As mild as the breath of a breeze in May,
As pure as the pearl in the sea,
As clear as the sky in Rome,
As quiet as a moonlit night are you.

As cold as a glacier in the Alps,
As firm as a rock, a rock of granite,
As calm as the waters of a lake,
As unfathomable as God are you!

For from the spheres of light,
For from the worlds of beauty and love,
For from the heights of the universe,
For from the depths of being you come!


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This text was added to the website: 2011-04-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 93