by Joseph Karl Benedikt, Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857) and sometimes misattributed to Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

In einem kühlen Grunde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE ITA
[In einem kühlen Grunde]1
da geht ein Mühlenrad,
mein Liebchen ist verschwunden,
[die]2 dort gewohnet hat.

Sie hat mir Treue versprochen,
gab mir einen Ring dabei,
sie hat die Treue gebrochen,
das Ringlein sprang entzwei.

Ich möcht' als Spielmann reisen
[weit]3 in die Welt hinaus,
und singen meine Weisen
und [gehn]4 von Haus zu Haus.

Ich möcht' als Reiter fliegen
wohl in die blut'ge Schlacht,
[um stille]5 Feuer liegen
[Im Feld bei dunkler]6 Nacht.

[Hör' ich]7 das Mühlrad gehen,
[Ich]8 weiß nicht, was ich will,
Ich möcht' am liebsten sterben,
Dann wär's auf einmal still.

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Note: Kreutzer's version is sometimes credited to Uhland. The original poem is also sometimes titled "Untreue" and substitutes "Liebste" for "Liebchen" in line 1-3.
1 Kreutzer: "In jenem Tale dort unten" and sometimes "In jenem Thal dort unten"
2 Kreutzer "das"
3 Kreutzer: "wohl"
4 Kreutzer: "zieh'n"
5 Kreutzer: "an stillem"
6 Kreutzer: "einsam bei kühler"
7 Kreutzer: "Ich hör"
8 Kreutzer: "und"

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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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "In a cool valley", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The mill wheel (The broken ringlet)", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dans une froide vallée", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La ruota del mulino", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 95

In a cool valley
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In a cool valley
there turned a mill-wheel;
Gone is my darling
who had lived there.

She promised to be constant
and gave me a ring to prove it;
she has broken her faith
and my ring cracked in two.

I would like to journey as a minstrel
into the wide world out there,
and sing my melodies
going house to house.

I would like to dash as a horseman
into bloody battle,
to lie around a quiet fire
in the field at darkest night.

When I hear the mill-wheel turning,
I do not know what I want -
I want most of all to die,
for then the wheel would at a single blow be silent.

Authorship:

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 117