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Füllest wieder Busch und Thal

Language: German (Deutsch)

Füllest wieder Busch und Thal
Still mit Nebelglanz,
Lösest endlich auch einmal
Meine Seele ganz;

Breitest über mein Gefild
Lindernd deinen Blick,
Wie des Freundes Auge mild
Ueber mein Geschick.

Jeden Nachklang fühlt mein Herz
Froh- und trüber Zeit,
Wandle zwischen Freud' und Schmerz
In der Einsamkeit.

Fließe, fließe, lieber Fluß!
Nimmer werd' ich froh,
So verrauschte Scherz und Kuß,
Und die Treue so.

Ich besaß es doch einmal,
Was so köstlich ist!
Daß man doch zu seiner Qual
Nimmer es vergißt!

Rausche, Fluß, das Thal entlang,
Ohne Rast [und]1 Ruh,
Rausche, flüstre meinem Sang
Melodien zu,

Wenn du in der Winternacht
Wüthend überschwillst,
Oder um die Frühlingspracht
Junger Knospen quillst.

Selig, wer sich vor der Welt
Ohne Haß verschließt,
Einen Freund am Busen hält
Und mit dem genießt,

Was, von Menschen nicht gewußt
Oder nicht bedacht,
Durch das Labyrinth der Brust
Wandelt in der Nacht.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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J. Kinkel sets stanzas 1, 3-9
F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4, 6-9 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 111-112; and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, pages 153-154.

Note: The initial version of this poem, sent to Charlotte von Stein in March 1778, has not been published by Goethe (see below).

1 Schubert (D.296 only): "und ohne"

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan de maan", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "You fill bush and valley again", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Alla luna", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-06-13T12:35:00
Line count: 36
Word count: 146

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You fill bush and valley again

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You fill bush and valley again
quietly with a splendid mist
and finally set loose
entirely my soul.

You spread over my domain
gently your gaze,
as mildly as a friend's eye
over my fate.

Every echo my heart feels,
of happy and troubled times;
I alternate between joy and pain
in my solitude.

Flow, flow on, dear river!
Never shall I be cheerful,
so faded away have jokes and kisses become -
and faithfulness as well.

I possessed once
something so precious,
that, to my torment,
it can never be forgotten now.

Murmur, river, beside the valley,
without rest and calm;
murmur on, whispering for my song
your melodies,

whenever you, on winter nights,
ragingly flood over,
or, in the splendor of spring,
help swell young buds.

Blissful is he who, away from the world,
locks himself without hate,
holding to his heart one friend
and enjoying with him

that which is unknown to most men
or never contemplated,
and which, through the labyrinth of the heart,
wanders in the night.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "An den Mond", written 1777, first published 1789 CAT DUT FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Albert Felix, Graf Amadei, Ernst Bacon, Jürg Baur, Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, Leopold Damrosch, Peter Fassbaender, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Gottfried Emil Fischer, Johann Gottlieb David Gackstatter, Friedrich Gernsheim, August Harder, Moritz Hauptmann, Christian Wilhelm Heydenreich, Ferdinand von Hiller, Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, Adolf Hoffmann, Iver Holter, Gustav Jansen [not F. G. Jansen], Johanna Kinkel, née Mockel, Gustav Krug, Robert Ludwig, Carl Mahlberg, Arnold Mendelssohn, Paul Gerhard Natorp, Fredrik Pacius, Hans Erich Pfitzner, August Püringer, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Andreas Jakob Romberg, Hans Michael Schletterer, Louis Schlottmann, Franz Peter Schubert, Wilhelmine Schwertzell, Karl Sigmund Freiherr von Seckendorff, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Hugo Ulrich, Anton Urspruch, Georg Vierling, Justus Hermann Wetzel, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
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