by Johann Nepomuk Vogl (1802 - 1866)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ei wie die Brünnlein rauschen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
  Ei wie die Brünnlein rauschen,
Die Brünnlein nah und fern; --
Es scheint auf sie zu lauschen
Am Himmel Mond and Stern. --
Das ist ein süßes Klingen,
Ein Klingen allerwärts, --
Als wär's, um Trost zu bringen
In's arme Menschenherz.

  Wie horch ich euch so gerne
Ihr lieben Brünnlein zu,
Wenn über euch die Sterne
Und um euch Nacht und Ruh', --
Die Stunden floh'n, die herben,
Es schweigt ein jeder Drang.
Ich möcht' am liebsten sterben
Bei eurem süßen Klang.

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Confirmed with Professor Dr. Hermann Kluge (ed.), Auswahl deutscher Gedichte: Im Anschluß an die Geschichte der deutschen National-Litteratur, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage, Altenburg: Druck und Verlag von Oskar Bonde, 1896, page 623.


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Ah, how the fountains sough
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
  Ah, how the fountains sough,
The fountains near and far; --
It seems that upon the heavens
The moon and the stars harken to them. --
That is a sweet chiming,
A chiming all around, --
As if it existed to bring comfort
To the poor heart of mankind.

  How I listen to you so gladly,
You dear fountains,
When above you there are the stars
And around you, night and peace, --
The hours fled, the bitter ones,
Every compulsion falls silent.
I would dearly like to die
Listening to your sweet sound.

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Translations of title(s):
"Ei wie die Brünnlein rauschen" = "Ah how the fountains sough"
"Wenn die Brünnlein rauschen" = "When the fountains sough"


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