by Wilhelm Müller (1794 - 1827)
Translation © by Shula Keller

Am Brunnen vor dem Thore
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT CHI DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE FRI GRE HEB IRI ITA KOR SPA SPA SPA
Am Brunnen vor dem Thore
Da steht ein Lindenbaum:
Ich träumt' in seinem Schatten
So manchen süßen Traum.

Ich schnitt in seine Rinde
So manches liebe Wort;
Es zog in Freud' und Leide
Zu ihm mich immer fort.

Ich mußt' auch heute wandern
Vorbei in tiefer Nacht,
Da hab' ich noch im [Dunkel]1
Die Augen zugemacht.

Und seine Zweige rauschten,
Als riefen sie mir zu:
Komm her zu mir, Geselle,
Hier findst du deine Ruh'!

Die kalten Winde bliesen
Mir grad' in's Angesicht,
Der Hut flog mir vom Kopfe,
Ich wendete mich nicht.

Nun bin ich manche Stunde
Entfernt von jenem Ort,
Und immer hör' ich's rauschen:
Du fändest Ruhe dort!

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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, pages 83-84; and with Urania. Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1823. Neue Folge, fünfter Jahrgang. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1823, pages 214-215.

First published in Urania (see above) as no. 5 of Wanderlieder von Wilhelm Müller. Die Winterreise. In 12 Liedern.

1 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Dunkeln"

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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) , "El til·ler", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "菩提樹", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De lindenboom", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Arthur Rishi) , "The linden tree", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The linden tree", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "The linden tree", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "The linden tree", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Lehmus", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le tilleul", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Pieter Wiersma) , "De Linebeam", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Η φλαμουριά", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "עץ התירזה", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "An crann teile", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il Tiglio", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "보리수", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Eduardo Borja Illescas) , "El tilo", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Daniel Faure) , "El arbol de tilo", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , "El tilo", 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.
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The linden tree
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Majestic, by the fountain, 
there stands a Linden tree.
Oftimes, beneath its shadows 
I dreamed my sweetest dreams.

Its bark enclosed my secrets - 
my joys and deepest pain --
And always it has drawn my soul -- 
for comfort and peace again.

Once more this day I passed by 
in darkest dead of night...
And even in the shadows, 
my eyes I shuttered tight.

The murmur of its branches,  
the power of its call 
"Come near to me for shelter, 
to peace here forevermore."

The coldest wind was howling, 
and brashly struck my face..
My hat was blown and flying, 
I dared not slow my pace!

And now from greater distance, 
remembering thru the years,
I long to hear its rustling --
"Forever find peace with me."

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