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Du Bächlein, silberhell und klar

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du Bächlein, silberhell und klar,
Du eilst vorüber immerdar,
Am Ufer steh' ich, sinn' und sinn',
Wo kommst du her? Wo gehst du hin?

Ich komm' aus dunkler Felsen Schoß,
Mein Lauf geht über Blum' und Moos;
Auf meinem Spiegel schwebt so mild
Des blauen Himmels freundlich Bild.

Drum hab' ich frohen Kindersinn;
Es treibt mich fort, weiß nicht wohin.
Der mich gerufen aus dem Stein,
Der, denk ich, wird mein Führer sein.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with E. Quietmeyer, Quietmeyers Schul- und Hausfreund: Deutsches Lesebuch, Hannover, Helwing'sche Hofbuchhandlung, 1875, p. 202.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le ruisselet", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30

Line count: 12
Word count: 73

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You brooklet, silver‑bright and clear

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You brooklet, silver-bright and clear,
You hurry past forever;
I stand on the bank, ponder and ponder,
Whence do you come? Whither do you go?
I come from the womb of dark rocks,
My path leads over flowers and moss;
Upon my mirror-like surface there hovers
So gently the kindly image of the blue heavens.
Therefore I have a merry childlike spirit;
It drives me onward, I know not whither.
He who called me forth from the rock,
He, I think, shall be my guide.

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About the headline (FAQ)

Translated titles:
"Das Bächlein" = "The brooklet"
"Am Bächlein" = "By the brooklet"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Sharon Krebs, (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) misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georg Eduard Goltermann, Johann Wenzeslaus Kalliwoda, Hans Knappertsbusch, José Vianna da Motta, Richard Georg Strauss, Bruno Wandelt. Go to the text.
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karoline Christiane Louise Rudolphi (1754 - 1811), "Das Bächlein" DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georg Eduard Goltermann, Johann Wenzeslaus Kalliwoda, Hans Knappertsbusch, José Vianna da Motta, Richard Georg Strauss, Bruno Wandelt. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-06-28 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-06-28 11:50:35

Line count: 12
Word count: 85