by Wilhelm Müller (1794 - 1827)
Translation © by Arthur Rishi

Der Leiermann
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE FRI HEB IRI ITA KOR SPA
Drüben [hinter'm]1 Dorfe
Steht ein Leiermann,
Und mit [starren Fingern]2
Dreht er was er [kann]3.

Baarfuß auf dem Eise
[Schwankt]4 er hin und her;
Und sein kleiner Teller
[Bleibt ihm]5 immer leer.

Keiner mag ihn hören,
Keiner sieht ihn an;
Und die Hunde [brummen]6
Um den alten Mann.

Und er läßt es gehen
Alles, wie es will,
Dreht, und seine Leier
Steht ihm nimmer still.

Wunderlicher Alter, 
Soll ich mit dir gehn?
Willst zu meinen Liedern
Deine Leier drehn?

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Confirmed with Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten. Herausgegeben von Wilhelm Müller. Zweites Bändchen. Deßau 1824. Bei Christian Georg Ackermann, pages 107-108; and with Deutsche Blätter für Poesie, Litteratur, Kunst und Theater. Herausgegeben von Karl Schall und Karl von Holtei. Breslau 1823, bei Graß, Barth und Comp. No. XLII. 14. März 1823, page 166.

First published in Deutsche Blätter (see above) as no. 10 of the installment of Die Winterreise. Lieder von Wilhelm Müller.

1 Kistler: "hinter dem"
2 Kienzl: "starrem Finger"
3 Kistler: "drehen kann"
4 Kienzl, Schubert: "Wankt"
5 Müller (Deutsche Blätter): "Bleibet"
6 Kienzl, Schubert: "knurren"

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El músic de carrer", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Jelle Leistra) , "De draaiorgel-man", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De lierdraaier", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Arthur Rishi) , "The hurdy-gurdy-man", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The organ-grinder", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "The hurdy-gurdy man", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kampiliiransoittaja", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le joueur de vielle", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Pieter Wiersma) , "De Oargelman", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "איש תיבת הנגינה", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Orgánaí Sráide", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "L'uomo dell'organino", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "라이어 연주자", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , "El organillero", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Ofer Sheinberg , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-11-22 07:27:30
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The hurdy‑gurdy‑man
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
There, behind the village, 
stands a hurdy-gurdy-man,
And with numb fingers 
he plays the best he can.

Barefoot on the ice, 
he staggers back and forth,
And his little plate 
remains ever empty.

No one wants to hear him, 
no one looks at him,
And the hounds snarl 
at the old man.

And he lets it all go by, 
everything as it will,
He plays, and his hurdy-gurdy
is never still.

Strange old man, 
shall I go with you?
Will you play your hurdy-gurdy 
to my songs?

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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