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Ich hört' ein Bächlein rauschen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hört' ein Bächlein rauschen
Wohl aus dem Felsenquell,
Hinab zum Tale rauschen
So frisch und wunderhell.

Ich weiß nicht, wie mir wurde,
Nicht, wer den Rat mir gab,
Ich mußte [gleich]1 hinunter
Mit meinem Wanderstab.

Hinunter und immer weiter
Und immer dem Bache nach,
Und immer frischer rauschte
Und immer heller der Bach.

Ist das denn meine Straße?
O Bächlein, sprich, wohin?
Du hast mit deinem Rauschen
Mir ganz berauscht den Sinn.

Was sag ich denn [von]2 Rauschen?
Das kann kein Rauschen sein:
Es singen wohl die Nixen
[Dort]3 unten ihren Reihn.

Laß singen, Gesell, laß rauschen
Und wandre fröhlich nach!
Es gehn ja Mühlenräder
In jedem klaren Bach.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FIN FRE GRE IRI ITA KOR

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1 Schubert: "auch"
2 Schubert: "vom"
3 Schubert: "Tief"

Submitted by Emily Ezust

Authorship


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 or adaptations:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882) , title 1: "Whither?", from Voices of the Night, published 1839 CAT DUT IRI ITA FRE FIN KOR GRE by Edward James Loder, W. H. Bentley, John Blockley, A. H. Cox, Charles John Hargitt, Karl Pomeroy Harrington, John Liptrot Hatton, H. R. Howard, Edward Oswald Schaaf, Arthur Octavius Smith, Ogle Wintle, Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Where to?", copyright ©
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Waarheen?", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Verso dove?", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Vers où ?", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Cap on?", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , title 1: "어디로?", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , title 1: "Mihin ?", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Athanasios Papaisiou) , title 1: "Προς τα πού", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , title 1: "Cá raghair?", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Waarheen?

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Ik hoorde 'n beekje ruisen
vanuit een rotsenbron,
omlaag naar 't dal toe bruisen,
zo fris en wonderschoon.

Ik weet niet hoe 't gebeurde,
niet wie de raad mij gaf.
Ik moest en zou naar onder,
afdalen met mijn staf.

Naar onder en alsmaar verder,
het beekje steeds achterna,
dat steeds maar luider ruiste,
een held're aria.

Is dit de juiste weg wel?
O beekje, zeg, waarheen?
Jij roest met al dat ruisen
mijn geest volstrekt dooreen.

Wat praat ik toch van ruisen?
Dat kan geen ruisen zijn.
Daar zingen vast de Nixen,
heel diep weg, hun refrein.

Laat zingen, gezel, laat ruisen
en laat maar in de steek!
Er draaien molenraad'ren
in iedere klare beek.


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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2005 by Lau Kanen, (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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