by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ich bin einmal etwas hinausspaziert
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ich bin [einmal etwas hinausspaziert]1,
Da ist mir ein närrisch Ding passiert:
Ich sah einen Jager am Waldeshang,
Ritt auf und nieder den See entlang;
Viel Hirsche sprangen am Wege dicht;
Was tat der Jäger? -- Er schoß sie nicht,
Er blies ein Lied in den Wald hinein --
Nun sagt mir, ihr Leut', was soll das sein?

Und als ich weiter bin fort spaziert,
Ist wieder ein närrisches Ding mir passiert:
In kleinem Kahn eine Fischerin
Fuhr stets am Waldeshange dahin;
Rings sprangen die Fischlein im Abendlicht;
Was tat das Mädchen? -- Sie fing sie nicht,
Sie sang ein Lied in den Wald hinein --
Nun sagt mir, ihr Leut', was soll das sein?

Und als ich wieder zurück spaziert,
Da ist mir das narrischste Ding passiert:
Ein leeres Pferd mir entgegen kam,
Im See ein leerer Nachen schwamm,
Und als ich ging an den Erlen vorbei,
Was hört' ich drinnen ? -- Da flüsterten Zwei,
Und 's war schon spät und Mondenschein --
Nun sagt mir, ihr Leut', was soll das sein?

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Confirmed with Lieder eines Malers mit Randzeichungen seiner Freunde, Neuherausgegeben von Adolf Bothe, München: Verlag Rösl u. Cie, 1919, pages 23-24.

1 Seiffert: "einmal hinausspaziert"(according to Hofmeister); Wallnöfer: "einmal Abends hinausspaziert"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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I once went out for a little walk
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
[I once went out for a little]1 walk,
And something odd happened to me:
I saw a hunter at the forest edge,
Along the lake he rode back and forth;
Many deer were leaping close by his path;
What did the hunter do? -- He did not shoot them,
He trumpeted a song into the forest --
Now tell me, you people, what is that supposed to mean?

And as I walked on a bit,
Something odd again happened to me:
A fisher-maiden in a little boat
Sailed continually along the forest edge;
All around her the little fish leapt in the evening light;
What did the maiden do? -- She did not catch them,
She sang a song into the forest --
Now tell me, you people, what is that supposed to mean?

And when was I walking back again,
The oddest thing happened to me:
A riderless horse came toward me,
In the lake there floated an empty barque,
And as I walked along the alders,
What did I hear among them? -- Two people were whispering there,
And it was already late and there was moonlight --
Now tell me, you people, what is that supposed to mean?

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Translations of title(s):
"Curiose Geschichte" = "Curious story"
"Ich bin einmal etwas hinausspaziert " = "I once went out for a little walk"
"Kuriose Geschichte" = "Curious story"
"Närrisches Ding" = "An odd thing"
"Seltsame Geschichte" = "Unusual story"

1 Seiffert: "I once went out for a"(according to Hofmeister); Wallnöfer: "One evening I went out for a "; further changes may exist not shown above.

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This text was added to the website: 2022-04-19
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