by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Ich ging im Walde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE GRE GRE ITA
Ich ging im Walde
So für mich hin,
Und Nichts zu suchen,
Das war mein Sinn.

Im Schatten sah ich
Ein Blümchen stehn,
Wie Sterne leuchtend,
Wie Äuglein schön.

Ich wollt' es brechen,
Da sagt' es fein:
"Soll ich zum Welken
Gebrochen sein?"

Ich grub's mit allem
Den Würzlein aus,
Zum Garten trug ich's
Am hübschen Haus.

Und pflanzt' es wieder
Am stillen Ort;
Nun zweigt es immer
Und blüht so fort.

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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 Esperanto, a translation by Antoni Grabowski (1857 - 1921) , "Trovita" ; composed by Antônio Francisco Braga.
  • Also set in Portuguese (Português), a translation possibly by Frei Pedro Senzig and possibly by Pedro Mourão ; composed by Francisco Mignone.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , no title ; composed by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by V. Kolomytsov ; composed by Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'allais dans la forêt", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il trovatello", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Word count: 72

I was walking in the woods
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I was walking in the woods
Just [enjoying] being there,
And seeking nothing [in particular] out,
That was my state of mind.

In the shade I saw
A little flower standing,
Shining like stars,
Like beautiful little eyes.

I wanted to pick it,
When it said sweetly:
“Shall I wither [after]
Being picked?”

I dug it all out [preserving]
Its little roots,
I carried it to the garden
Next to my pretty house.

And replanted it
In a silent place;
Now [new] sprigs appear
And bloom immediately.

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Translation of title "Gefunden" = "Found"

Authorship

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Text added to the website: 2016-04-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-04-04 19:17:16
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Word count: 87