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Bei einem Wirte, wundermild

Language: German (Deutsch)

Bei einem Wirte, wundermild,
Da war ich [jüngst zu Gaste]1,
Ein gold'ner Apfel war sein Schild
An einem [langen]2 Aste.

Es war der gute Apfelbaum,
Bei dem ich eingekehret,
Mit [süsser]3 Kost und frischem Schaum
Hat er mich wohl genähret.

Es kamen in sein grünes Haus
Viel leichtbeschwingte Gäste;
Sie sprangen frei und hielten Schmaus
Und sangen auf das Beste.

Ich fand ein Bett zu süsser Ruh
Auf weichen grünen Matten;
Der Wirt, er deckte selbst mir zu
Mit seinem [kühlen]2 Schatten.

Nun fragt' ich nach der Schuldigkeit,
Da schüttelt' er den Wipfel.
Gesegnet sei er allezeit
Von der Wurzel bis zum Gipfel.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Burgmüller: "einst zu Gast"
2 R. Strauss, 1871: "grünen" [corrected by his father on the manuscript]
3 R. Strauss, 1871: "frischer" [corrected by his father on the manuscript]

Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Stopping at an inn", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Halte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2015-01-28T10:01:24
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Stopping at an inn

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the abode of an innkeeper, wondrously gentle,
I was [recently]1 a guest.
The emblem of the inn was a golden apple
Upon a [long]2 branch.

It was the good old apple tree --
[That was the inn] at which I stopped,
With [sweet]3 sustenance and a freshly foaming drink
It nourished me well.

Into its green abode
Many light-winged guests came;
They hopped about freely and feasted
And sang their very best.

Upon the soft green meadows
I found a bed for sweet repose;
The innkeeper himself covered me up
With his [cool]2 shadow.

When I asked for the bill,
He shook his leafy locks [in negation].
May he be blessed at all times
From his roots to the tips of his lofty branches.

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1 Burgmüller: "once"
2 R. Strauss, 1871: "green" [corrected by his father on the manuscript]
3 R. Strauss, 1871: "fresh" [corrected by his father on the manuscript]


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Einkehr", written 1811, appears in Lieder, in Wanderlieder, no. 8, first published 1815 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): C. Altenburg, Albert Ernst Anton Becker, Norbert Burgmüller, Felix Draeseke, Friedrich August Dressler, Gustav Erlanger, Gottfried Emil Fischer, Franz Xaver Gruber, Henry Hepple, Eugen Hildach, Gustave Léon Huberti, Conradin Kreutzer, Carl Krill, Julius Hermann Matthey, Franz Radnitzky, Alfred Reisenauer, Louis Schlottmann, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Joseph Schütky, Wilhelmine Schwertzell, Richard Georg Strauss. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-06-12T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:05:35
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