Eduard Mörike was born in Ludwigsburg and studied Theology at the Seminary of Tübingen. He was appointed pastor of Kleversulzbach near Weinsberg in 1834. Between 1844 and 1851 he lived in the town of Bad Mergentheim at the same time as Duke Paul von Württemberg was residing there in the Palace.
In 1851 he became Professor of German Literature at the Katharinenstift in Stuttgart.
Mörike is considered to be the most lyrically gifted of all the poets belonging to the so-called Swabian School, which gathered around Ludwig Uhland.