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Ich hört' ein Bächlein rauschen

Language: German (Deutsch)

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

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

Hinunter und immer weiter,
Und immer dem Bache nach,
Und immer [frischer]2 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]3 Rauschen?
Das kann kein Rauschen sein:
Es singen wohl die Nixen
[Dort]4 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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Confirmed with Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten. Herausgegeben von Wilhelm Müller. Erstes Bändchen. Zweite Auflage. Deßau 1826. Bei Christian Georg Ackermann, pages 8-9; and with Sieben und siebzig Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten. Herausgegeben von Wilhelm Müller. Dessau, 1821. Bei Christian Georg Ackermann, pages 9-10.

First published in a slightly different version with the title Der Bach in Gaben der Milde. Viertes Bändchen. Mit Beiträgen von [...]. Für die Bücher-Verloosung "zum Vortheil hülfloser Krieger" herausgegeben von F. W. Gubitz. Berlin, 1818, page 215.

1 Müller (1821 edition), and Schubert: "auch"
2 Müller (1821 edition), and Schubert: "heller"
3 Schubert: "vom"
4 Müller (1821 edition), and Schubert: "Tief"

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Peter Rastl

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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:

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

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

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


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Vers où ?

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

J'entendis un petit ruisseau murmurer
De la source du rocher
Il murmure vers la vallée
Si frais et d'un éclat merveilleux.
 
Je ne sais pas ce qui m'est arrivé,
Ni qui me donna l'idée,
Je devais descendre avec lui  
Avec mon bâton de marche.
 
Plus bas et toujours plus loin,
Et toujours à la suite du ruisseau,
Et toujours plus frais il murmurait,
Et toujours plus clair le ruisseau.
 
Était-ce mon chemin ?
Ô ruisseau, parle, vers où ?
Avec ton murmure tu as
Égaré mon esprit.
 
Que dis-je d'un murmure ?
Ce ne peut-être ton murmure :
C'est sans doute les ondines qui chantent
Tout au fond leurs rondes.
 
Laisse-les chanter, compagnon, laisse-les murmurer,
Et voyage joyeusement !
Il y a des roues de moulin
Dans tous les ruisseaux limpides.


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2008 by Guy Laffaille, (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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