Herr! schicke, was du willt,
Ein Liebes oder Leides;
Ich bin vergnuegt, dass beides
Aus Deinen Haenden quillt.

Wollest mit Freuden
Und wollest mit Leiden
Mich nicht ueberschuetten!
Doch in der Mitten
Liegt holdes Bescheiden.

Eduard Moerike  1846


Lord, grant me what Thou wilt,
Be it happiness or woe;
It is enough to know
That both from Thy hands flow.

Would that Thou not wish
To overwhelm me
With either joy or grief!
'tis between these both
awaits modest hope.

Translation: Charles L. Cingolani     Copyright © 2007
. . . Even when praying Moerike speaks with a positive humor . . .
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