by Wilhelm Müller (1794 - 1827)
Translation © by Robert Schall

Der greise Kopf
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): AFR CAT DUT ENG ENG FIN FRE FRI HEB ITA KOR SPA
Der Reif [hatt']1 einen weißen Schein
Mir über's Haar gestreuet.
Da [meint']2 ich schon ein Greis zu sein,
Und hab' mich sehr gefreuet.

Doch bald ist er hinweggethaut,
Hab' wieder schwarze Haare,
Daß mir's vor meiner Jugend graut -
Wie weit noch bis zur Bahre!

Vom Abendroth zum Morgenlicht
Ward mancher Kopf zum Greise.
Wer glaubt's? Und meiner ward es nicht
Auf dieser ganzen Reise!

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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, page 91; 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. XLI. 13. März 1823, page 161.

First published in Deutsche Blätter(see above) as no. 1 of the installment of Die Winterreise. Lieder von Wilhelm Müller.

1 Schubert (autograph and Alte Gesamtausgabe): "hat"
2 Schubert: "glaubt'"

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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):

  • AFR Afrikaans [singable] (Robert Schall) , "Die grys kop", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cabells blancs", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het grijze hoofd", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Arthur Rishi) , "The grey head", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "The grey head", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Harmaantunut pää", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La tête du vieillard", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Pieter Wiersma) , "It Grize Hier", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "ראש שיבה", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La testa bianca", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "은빛 머리", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , "La cabeza gris", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 65

Die grys kop
Language: Afrikaans  after the German (Deutsch) 
Die ryp het oor my kop oornag
’n skyn van wit gesprei;
toe glo ek al ek is nou oud
en was uitbundig bly.

Maar gou het dit weer weggedou
en swart is weer my hare,
ek het ’n afsku van my jeug –
my uitvaart neem nog jare! 

Van skemeraand tot skemerdag
word menigeen al grys.
Helaas, my kop misluk daarmee
dwarsdeur die hele reis!

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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 66