Translation © by Walter A. Aue

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"
2 or "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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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
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The mill wheel (The broken ringlet)
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Down there in verdant meadows,
a mill wheel turns around.
My true love's turned to shadows
whom at the mill I found.

Gave me a ring as token
of love forever true;
her promise she has broken,
the ringlet rent in two.

As troubadour I'll wander
the world without a frown,
I'll sing my songs and ponder
and roam from town to town.

As horseman I will fly in
the battle's bloody fight,
round fires I will lie in
the fields in dark of night.
 
Hear I the mill wheel sighing?
I know not what to will.
I will that I was dying,
then everything were still.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2010 by Walter A. Aue, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2010-03-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:37
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Word count: 107