by Wilhelm Müller (1794 - 1827)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Das schönste Lied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Bächlein, laß dein Rauschen,
Räder, steht nur still!
Kommt heran zu lauschen,
Wer das schönste Liedchen hören will!

Still, ihr Nachtigallen,
Lerchen, Finken, still!
Laß' ein eitel Schallen,
Wer das schönste Liedchen lernen will!

Sonne, gieß herunter
Deinen hellsten Schein!
Frühling, strahle bunter:
Die geliebte Müllerin ist mein!

Confirmed with Der Gesellschafter oder Blätter für Geist und Herz. Herausgegeben von F. W. Gubitz. Zweiter Jahrgang. Berlin, 1818. In der Maurerschen Buchhandlung. Sonnabend den 30. Mai. 86stes Blatt, page 341.

Note: This is the initial and substantially different version of Mein!, the central poem in Müller's Die schöne Müllerin. It was followed by Ein ungereimtes Lied.


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Set in a modified version by Friedrich Curschmann, A. Hartel, Franz Peter Schubert.

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

  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The most beautiful song", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 48

The most beautiful song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Little brook, stop babbling!
Wheels, stop moving now!
Come here to listen,
Anybody who wants to hear the most beautiful little song!

Quiet, you nightingales,
Larks, finches, quiet!
Stop your pointless chatter,
Anybody who wants to know about the most beautiful little song!

Sun, pour down
Your brightest light!
Spring, shine more colourfully:
The beloved miller girl is mine!


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-12
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Word count: 59