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Der Reisebecher

Language: German (Deutsch)

Gestern fand ich, räumend eines langvergessnen Schrankes Fächer,
Den vom Vater mir vererbten, meinen ersten Reisebecher.
Währenddeß ich, leise singend, reinigt ihn vom Staub der Jahre,
War's, als höbe mir ein Bergwind aus der Stirn die grauen Haare,
War's, als dufteten die Matten, drein ich schlummernd lag versunken,
War's, als rauschten alle Quelle, draus ich wandernd einst getrunken.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, dritte vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig, Verlag von H. Haessel, 1887, page 77.

Submitted by Caroline Diehl and Sharon Krebs [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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The travelling mug", 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 10:01:41
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Word count: 58

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The travelling mug

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Yesterday, clearing out the compartments of a long-forgotten cupboard,
I found my first travelling mug, left to me by my father.
While I, quietly singing, cleansed it of the dust of the years,
It was as if a mountain wind were lifting my grey locks from my brow,
It was as if the meadows, in which I once lay sunken in slumber, were filled with scent,
It was as if all of the water springs from which I once drank while wandering were murmuring.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825 - 1898), "Der Reisebecher"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jan Pieter Hendrik van Gilse, Othmar Schoeck, Julius Weismann, Justus Hermann Wetzel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-09-01 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
Line count: 6
Word count: 84