by Wilhelm Müller (1794 - 1827)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Was vermeid' ich denn die Wege
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE FRI HEB ITA KOR SPA
Was vermeid' ich denn die Wege,
Wo die [andren]1 Wandrer gehn,
Suche mir versteckte Stege
Durch [verschneite]2 Felsenhöhn?

Habe ja doch nichts begangen,
Daß ich Menschen sollte scheun -
Welch ein thörichtes Verlangen
Treibt mich in die Wüstenein?

Weiser stehen auf den [Straßen]3,
Weisen auf die Städte zu,
Und ich wandre sonder Maßen,
Ohne Ruh', und suche Ruh'.

Einen Weiser seh' ich stehen
Unverrückt vor meinem Blick;
Eine Straße muß ich gehen,
Die noch Keiner ging zurück.

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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 97; 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 165.

First published in Deutsche Blätter (see above) as no. 7 of the installment of Die Winterreise. Lieder von Wilhelm Müller.

1 Müller (Deutsche Blätter), and Schubert: "andern"
2 Müller (Deutsche Blätter): "beschneite"
3 Schubert: "Wegen"

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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) , "L'indicador", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Jelle Leistra) , "De wegwijzer", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De wegwijzer", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Arthur Rishi) , "The signpost", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The signpost", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "The signpost", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Poteau indicateur", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Pieter Wiersma) , "De Paadwizer", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "התמרור", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il segnale stradale", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "이정표", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , 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 06:29:38
Line count: 16
Word count: 77

The signpost
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Why do I avoid the pathways
where the other wand'rers go;
why do I take furtive forays
through the mountains' heavy snow?

I am free of depravation
that must shun the others' sights -
what a foolish motivation
drives me toward the barren heights?

Signposts on the road are standing
that the route to towns suggest,
and I travel without ending,
without rest in search of rest.

There's a signpost ever showing
in my sight, unmoved and stern:
there's a road I must be going:
it's the road of no return.

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Text added to the website: 2007-07-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:24
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Word count: 91