Die Zufriedenheit, sketch for a song (1815) Biamonti 632
The sketch for this song is a single melodic line, 12 bars long, and can be found in the Scheide-sketchbook. It follows shortly after a sketch for the Canon "Lerne Schweigen", WoO 168 #1, and it dates therefore probably from January 1816.
The text is the first stanza of "Die Zufriedenheit" ("Contentment") by J.M. Miller. It reads as follows:
Was frag ich nach Geld und Gut, wenn ich zufrieden bin! Giebt Gott mir nur gesundes Blut, so hab ich frohen Sinn und sing aus dankbaren Gemueth mein Morgen- und mein Abendlied. What do I care for money and possession, when I'm content! When God gives me good health then I'm in high spirits, and sing with thankful heart my morning- and my evening-song.
The harmonization of the sketch is by Willem. Reproduced here by kind permission of Mr. William Scheide.