RÜCKERT: You My Soul, You My Heart

Friedrich RÜCKERT (1788-1866), “Aus dem Liebesfrühling”, from Liebesfrühling, no. 4

Set by Bela Bartok (1881-1945), “Du meine Liebe, du mein Herz”, from Liebeslieder, no. 1. Translation © Emily Ezust, Lied & Art Song Texts Page.

Du meine Seele, du mein Herz

You my soul, you my heart,
you my bliss, o you my pain,
you the world in which I live;
you my heaven, in which I float,
o you my grave, into which
I eternally cast my grief.

You are rest, you are peace,
you are bestowed upon me from heaven.
That you love me makes me worthy of you;
your gaze transfigures me;
you raise me lovingly above myself,
my good spirit, my better self!