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Ich ging im Walde

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich ging im Walde
So für mich hin,
Und Nichts zu suchen,
Das war mein Sinn.

Im Schatten sah ich
Ein Blümchen stehn,
Wie Sterne leuchtend,
Wie Äuglein schön.

Ich wollt' es brechen,
Da sagt' es fein:
"Soll ich zum Welken
Gebrochen sein?"

Ich grub's mit allem
Den Würzlein aus,
Zum Garten trug ich's
Am hübschen Haus.

Und pflanzt' es wieder
Am stillen Ort;
Nun zweigt es immer
Und blüht so fort.


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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'allais dans la forêt", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il trovatello", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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I was walking in the woods

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I was walking in the woods
Just [enjoying] being there,
And seeking nothing [in particular] out,
That was my state of mind.

In the shade I saw
A little flower standing,
Shining like stars,
Like beautiful little eyes.

I wanted to pick it,
When it said sweetly:
“Shall I wither [after]
Being picked?”

I dug it all out [preserving]
Its little roots,
I carried it to the garden
Next to my pretty house.

And replanted it
In a silent place;
Now [new] sprigs appear
And bloom immediately.

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Translation of title "Gefunden" = "Found"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Gefunden", written 1813 ESP FRE GRE GRE ITA RUS RUS POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hermann Behn, Victor Emanuel Bendix, Georg Bloch, Adolf Brandt, J. Brixner, Michael Brough, Arthur Bransby Burnand, as Anton Strelezki, Arthur Egidi, Anders Eliasson, Heinrich Esser, Carl Theodor Flodin, F. C. Füchs, Josef Gersbach, J. Jacques Haakman, Julie Hamel, Hans Harthan, Franciscus Johannes van der Heijden, Wilhelm Hill, Alexis Holländer, Andrew Hudson, Martin Jacobi, Gustav Jansen [not F. G. Jansen], Werner Josten, Wilhelm Kienzl, Joseph Klein, Huub de Lange, Luise Adolpha Le Beau, W. J. Otto Lessmann, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Heinrich Meyer, Emanuel Moór, José Vianna da Motta, Béla Nemes Hegyi, Friedrich Niggli, Wilhelm Petersen, Eduard Rappoldi, Louis Rée, Franz Ries, Karl Friedrich Rungenhagen, Othmar Schoeck, August Schuster, Wilhelm Söhring, Johann Xaver Sterkel, Richard Georg Strauss, Albert Thierfelder, Ernest Vietor, Philip Wolfrum, Richard Ferdinand Würst, Karl Friedrich Zelter, Rob. Zerbe. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-04-04.
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