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Ein Obdach gegen Sturm und Regen (1900) Op. 46 no.1

Ein Obdach gegen Sturm und Regen

Ein Obdach gegen Sturm und Regen
Der Winterzeit
Sucht’ ich, und fand den Himmelssegen
Der Ewigkeit.
O Wort, wie du bewährt dich hast:
Wer wenig sucht, der findet viel.
Ich suchte eine Wanderrast,
Und fand mein Reiseziel.
Ein gastlich Thor nur wünscht’ ich offen,
Mich zu empfahn,
Ein liebend Herz war wider Hoffen
Mir angethan.
O Wort, wie du bewährt dich hast:
Wer wenig sucht, der findet viel.
Ich wollte sein ihr Wintergast,
Und ward ihr Herzgespiel.

A shelter against the storms and rain

A shelter against the storms and rain
Of winter
Was what I sought, and I found the heavenly gift
Of eternity.
O how right the saying proved:
He who seeks little, finds much.
I sought rest from journeying,
And found my journey’s goal.
I only wished for an open door
To receive me,
Against my hope a loving heart
Fell for me.
O how right the saying proved:
He who seeks little, finds much.
I intended to be her winter guest,
And gained her heart.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is particularly well-known for his operas, Lieder, and tone poems. 

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Friedrich Rückert was a German poet, translator, and professor of Oriental languages.

Rückert was born at Schweinfurt and was the eldest son of a lawyer. He was educated at the local Gymnasium and at the universities of Würzburg and Heidelberg. From 1816–1817, he worked on the editorial staff of the Morgenblatt at Stuttgart. Nearly the whole of the year 1818 he spent in Rome, and afterwards he lived for several years at Coburg (1820–1826). Rückert married Luise Wiethaus-Fischer there in 1821. He was appointed a professor of Oriental languages at the University of Erlangen in 1826, and, in 1841, he was called to a similar position in Berlin, where he was also made a privy councillor. In 1849 he resigned his professorship at Berlin, and went to live full-time in his Gut (estate) at Neuses (now a part of Coburg).

When Rückert began his literary career, Germany was engaged in her life-and-death struggle with Napoleon; and in his first volume, Deutsche Gedichte (German Poems), published in 1814 under the pseudonym Freimund Raimar, he gave, particularly in the powerful Geharnischte Sonette (Sonnets in Arms/Harsh Words), vigorous expression to the prevailing sentiment of his countrymen. During 1815 to 1818 appeared Napoleon, eine politische Komödie in drei Stücken (Napoleon, a Political Comedy in Three Parts) of which only two parts were published; and in 1817 Der Kranz der Zeit (The Wreath of Time).

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