by Wilhelm Müller (1794 - 1827)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FIN FRE GRE IRI ITA ITA KOR POR
Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust,
Das Wandern!
Das muß ein schlechter Müller sein,
Dem niemals fiel das Wandern ein,
Das Wandern.

Vom Wasser haben wir's gelernt,
Vom Wasser!
Das hat nicht Rast bei Tag und Nacht,
Ist stets auf Wanderschaft bedacht,
Das Wasser.

Das sehn wir auch den Rädern ab,
Den Rädern!
Die gar nicht gerne stille stehn,
Die sich mein Tag nicht müde [drehn]1,
Die Räder.

Die Steine selbst, so schwer sie sind,
Die Steine!
Sie tanzen mit den muntern Reihn
Und wollen gar noch schneller sein,
Die Steine.

O Wandern, Wandern, meine Lust,
O Wandern!
Herr Meister und Frau Meisterin,
Laßt mich in Frieden weiterziehn
Und wandern.

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Confirmed with Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten. Herausgegeben von Wilhelm Müller. Erstes Bändchen. Zweite Auflage. Deßau 1826. Bei Christian Georg Ackermann, pages 6-7; and with Sieben und siebzig Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten. Herausgegeben von Wilhelm Müller. Dessau, 1821. Bei Christian Georg Ackermann, pages 7-8.

First published in a slightly different version with the title Wanderlust in Gaben der Milde. Viertes Bändchen. Mit Beiträgen von [...]. Für die Bücher-Verloosung "zum Vortheil hülfloser Krieger" herausgegeben von F. W. Gubitz. Berlin, 1818, pages 214-215.

1 Schubert: "gehn"

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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) , "Caminar", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het trekken", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Wandering", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Vaeltamaan !", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Voyager", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Athanasios Papaisiou) , "Η περιπλάνηση", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Girovagare", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Andare in giro", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "방랑", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-04-05 13:55:07
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Word count: 110

The miller's joy is wandering
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The miller's joy is wandering,
Is wandering!
A miller surely loses face
When staying at the same old place,
Not wandering!

The water teaches us to move,
The water!
It does not rest by night or day
Continuously on its way,
The water!

We see this also with the wheels,
The mill-wheels!
They never think of standing still
And turn around with tireless will,
The mill-wheels!

The mill-stones, heavy though they are,
The mill-stones!
They like to join the merry reel
And want to turn much faster still,
The mill-stones!

Oh wandering, wandering, my delight,
Oh wandering!
Oh, Master and dear Mistress, too,
In peace I'll take my leave of you
And wander!

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Text added to the website: 2005-09-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:14
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Word count: 113