Translation © by Emily Ezust

Wer machte dich so krank?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Daß du so krank geworden,
Wer hat es denn gemacht? --
Kein kühler Hauch aus Norden
Und keine Sternennacht.
Kein Schatten unter Bäumen,
Nicht Glut des Sonnenstrahls,
Kein Schlummern und kein Träumen
Im Blütenbett des Tals.
Kein Trunk vom Felsensteine,
Kein Wein aus vollem Glas,
Der Baumesfrüchte keine,
Nicht Blume und nicht Gras.
Daß ich trag' Todeswunden,
Das ist der Menschen Tun;
Natur ließ mich gesunden,
Sie lassen mich nicht ruhn.

R. Schumann sets stanzas 1, 2, 4

Confirmed with: Kerners Werke, Zweiter Teil, Gedichte, ed. Raimund Pissin, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., 1914, page 52


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) , "Qui t'ha fet emmalaltir tant?", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Wie maakte je zo ziek?", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Who made you so ill?", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Que t'a-t-on donc fait", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Chi ti fa tanto male?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 70

Who made you so ill?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
That you are so ill -
who has then caused this?
No cool breath from the North,
and no starry night.

No shadow under the trees,
no heat from sunbeams,
no slumber and no dream
in the blossom bed of the valley.


That I bear fatal wounds,
this is the deed of men:
Nature would let me be well,
but they do not let me rest.


  • 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: 13
Word count: 67