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Neue Liebe no.30

Part of a series or song cycle:


Neue Liebe

Kann auch ein Mensch des andern auf der Erde
Ganz, wie er möchte, sein?
– In langer Nacht bedacht ich mirs und musste sagen, nein!
So kann ich niemands heissen auf der Erde,
Und Niemand wäre mein?
– Aus Finsternissen hell in mir aufzückt ein Freudenschein:
Sollt ich mit Gott nicht können sein,
So wie ich möchte, mein und dein?
Was hielte mich, dass ichs nicht heute werde?
Ein süsses Schrecken geht durch mein Gebein!
Mich wundert, dass es mir ein Wunder wollte sein,
Gott selbst zu eigen haben auf der Erde!

New Love

Can one ever belong to another here on earth
Wholly, as one would wish to be?
Long I pondered this at night and had to answer, no!
So can I belong to no one here on earth,
And can no one be mine?
– From dark recesses in me a bright flame of joy flashes:
Could I not be with God,
Just as I would wish, mine and Thine?
What could keep me from being so today?
A sweet tremor pervades my very frame!
I marvel that it should have ever seemed a marvel
To have God for one’s own on earth!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)


Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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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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