by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Bei einem Wirte, wundermild
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Bei einem Wirte, wundermild,
Da war ich [jüngst zu Gaste]1,
Ein gold'ner Apfel war sein Schild
An einem [langen]2 Aste.

Es war der gute Apfelbaum,
Bei dem ich eingekehret,
Mit [süsser]3 Kost und frischem Schaum
Hat er mich wohl genähret.

Es kamen in sein grünes Haus
Viel leichtbeschwingte Gäste;
Sie sprangen frei und hielten Schmaus
Und sangen auf das Beste.

Ich fand ein Bett zu süsser Ruh
Auf weichen grünen Matten;
Der Wirt, er deckte selbst mich zu
Mit seinem [kühlen]2 Schatten.

Nun fragt' ich nach der Schuldigkeit,
Da schüttelt' er den Wipfel.
Gesegnet sei er allezeit
Von der Wurzel bis zum Gipfel.

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1 Burgmüller: "einst zu Gast"
2 R. Strauss, 1871: "grünen" [corrected by his father on the manuscript]
3 R. Strauss, 1871: "frischer" [corrected by his father on the manuscript]

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Stopping at an inn", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Halte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 103

Stopping at an inn
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In the abode of an innkeeper, wondrously gentle,
I was [recently]1 a guest.
The emblem of the inn was a golden apple
Upon a [long]2 branch.

It was the good old apple tree --
[That was the inn] at which I stopped,
With [sweet]3 sustenance and a freshly foaming drink
It nourished me well.

Into its green abode
Many light-winged guests came;
They hopped about freely and feasted
And sang their very best.

Upon the soft green meadows
I found a bed for sweet repose;
The innkeeper himself covered me up
With his [cool]2 shadow.

When I asked for the bill,
He shook his leafy locks [in negation].
May he be blessed at all times
From his roots to the tips of his lofty branches.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Burgmüller: "once"
2 R. Strauss, 1871: "green" [corrected by his father on the manuscript]
3 R. Strauss, 1871: "fresh" [corrected by his father on the manuscript]

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This text was added to the website: 2014-06-12
Line count: 20
Word count: 124