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Der Gärtner


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Sechs Gesänge


Der Gärtner

Auf ihrem Leibrösslein,
So weiss wie der Schnee,
Die schönste Prinzessin
Reit’t durch die Allee.
Der Weg, den das Rösslein
Hintanzet so hold,
Der Sand, den ich streute,
Er blinket wie Gold.
Du rosenfarb’s Hütlein
Wohl auf und wohl ab,
O wirf eine Feder
Verstohlen herab!
Und willst du dagegen
Eine Blüte von mir,
Nimm tausend für eine,
Nimm alle dafür!

The Gardener

On her favourite mount,
As white as snow,
The loveliest princess
Rides down the avenue.
On the path her horse
Prances so sweetly along,
The sand I scattered
Glitters like gold.
You rose-coloured bonnet
Bobbing up and down,
O throw me a feather
Discreetly down!
And if you in exchange
Want a flower from me,
Take a thousand for one,
Take all in return.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Poet

Eduard Friedrich Mörike was a German Romantic poet.

Mörike was born in Ludwigsburg. His father was Karl Friedrich Mörike (d. 1817), a district medical councilor; his mother was Charlotte Bayer. He attended the Latin school at Ludwigsburg, and the seminary at Urach (1818) where he made the acquaintance of Wilhelm Hartlaub and Wilhelm Waiblinger. He then studied theology at the Seminary of Tübingen where he met Ludwig Bauer, David Friedrich Strauss and F. T. Vischer.

He followed an ecclesiastical career, becoming a Lutheran pastor. In 1834 he was appointed pastor of Cleversulzbach near Weinsberg, and, after his early retirement for reasons of health, in 1851 became professor of German literature at the Katharinenstift in Stuttgart. This office he held until his retirement in 1866; but he continued to live in Stuttgart until his death. In what political and social views he espoused, he was monarchist and conservative.

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