Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Lüftchen, ihr plaudert so viel und so...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
Lüftchen, ihr plaudert so viel und so laut,
Hab' euch [doch]1 nie [mein]2 Geheimnis vertraut!
Nein! ach nein! ich [schweig ja]3 still,
Weil ich [ja]4 ewig schweigen will!
Küsst ihr mir bittend auch Hand und Gesicht,
[Schmeichelnde]5 Lüftchen, ich [sag' es]6 euch nicht!7

Was ich wohl [mögte]8? Gern [zög]9 ich mit euch!
Ruhte ein Weilchen im grünen [Gezweig]10,
[Flöge dann weiter zum lieben]11 Ort,
[Haucht ein kleines, ein einziges]12 Wort,
Aber was heimlich im Herzen mir spricht,
Kosende Lüftchen, [euch sag' ich es]13 nicht.7

Eilt ihr nun weiter und [lässt]14 mich allein?
Stürmet nicht [wild gleich durch Feld und durch]15 Hain,
Hemmet [noch einmal]16 den [zorn'gen]17 Lauf,
[Höret ihr Schelme, doch horcht mir recht]18 auf!
Hört, was ich denke, so süss, [ach!]19 so licht!
Plaudernde Lüftchen, [noch sag' ich es]20 nicht.7

J. Lang sets lines 1-4

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Note: the published Lang score mentions Byron as the poet, but no candidate for the original has yet been found for this stanza, only for the second stanza of the song. The catalog Periodica musicalia mentions the setting by Georg Müller and attributes these lines to A. de M.; the Gollmick score gives the poet as A. d. M.
1 J. Müller: "noch"
2 Gollmick, Lang: "ein"
3 Gollmick: "schweige ja"; Hermann: "schweige lieber"; Lang: "schweige"; J. Müller "schweig ja so"
4 omitted by Rungenhagen
5 Hermann: "Plaudernde"
6 J. Müller: "sag's"
7 Rungenhagen inserts “nein, nein” a number of times with his repetitions of the text.
8 Gollmick, Hermann , J. Müller: "möchte"
9 Gollmick: "möcht' "
10 J. Müller: "Gesträuch"
11 Gollmick: "Flöge weiter dann zum liebenden"; J. Müller "Flöge weiter dann zum lieblichen"; Rungenhagen: "Flöge hin zum lieben"
12 Gollmick: "Hauchte ein kleines, ein einziges"; Hermann: "Haschte ein kleines, ein einziges ; J. Müller "Hauchte ein kleines einzig's"; Rungenhagen: "Haucht ein kleines, ein einzigs"
13 Hermann: "ich sag' es euch"; J. Müller: "ich sag's euch"
14 Gollmick, Hermann, J. Müller: "lasst"
15 J. Müller: "weiter durch Felder und"
16 Rungenhagen: "doch"
17 Gollmick, Hermann: "zornigen"
18 Rungenhagen: "Hört ihr Schelm und horcht mir"
19 J. Müller, Rungenhagen: "und"
20 Hermann: "ich sag's euch doch"; J. Müller: "ich sag's euch"


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This text was added to the website: 2006-12-05
Line count: 18
Word count: 131

Little breezes, you murmur so much and...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Little breezes, you murmur so much and so loudly.
[Yet I have never]1 entrusted you with [my]2 secret!
No! ah no! I [remain]3 silent,
Because I plan to remain silent forever!
Though you may pleadingly kiss my hand and face,
[Flattering]4 little breezes, I shall not tell you [my secret]!5

What would I like to do? I would gladly travel with you!
I would rest a while in the green [branches]6,
[Would then fly onward to the dear]7 place,
Would breathe a tiny, a single word,
But that which secretly speaks within my heart,
Caressing little breezes, that I shall not tell you.5

Do you now hurry onward and leave me alone?
Do not [immediately storm so wildly through field and through]8 grove,
[Arrest once more]9 your angry motion,
Listen, you imps, but hearken [well]10 to me!
Listen to what I think, so sweet, [ah!]11 so bright!
Caressing little breezes, that I shall not tell [you yet]12.5

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Translated titles:
Die plaudernden Lüftchen = The chattering little breezes
Das Geheimniss = The secret
Lüftchen, ihr plaudert = Little breezes, you murmur
Lied = Song
1 J. Müller: "I have never yet
2 Lang: "a"
3 Hermann: "would rather remain"; J. Müller "remain so"
4 Hermann: "Chattering"
5 Rungenhagen inserts "no, no" a number of times with his repetitions of the text.
6 J. Müller: "shrubs"
7 J. Müller "Would then fly onward to the lovely"; Rungenhagen: "Would fly to the dear"
8 J. Müller: "storm onward through fields and"
9 Rungenhagen: "Only arrest"
10 omitted by Rungenhagen
11 J. Müller, Rungenhagen: "and"
12 Hermann: "you in any case"; J. Müller: "you"


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This text was added to the website: 2006-12-05
Line count: 18
Word count: 157