Mörike, Eduard ā´do͞oärt mö´rĭkə [key], 1804–75, German writer and clergyman, a leader of the Swabian school. Over 50 of his rich and varied lyrics, among them
Schlafendes Jesuskind[the sleeping Child Jesus] and
Auf ein altes Bild[to an old painting], were set to music by Hugo Wolf. He also wrote a novel, Maler Nolten (1832), and a distinguished novella, Mozart's Journey from Vienna to Prague (1856; tr. 1913–15).
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