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Im Wald


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Sechs Gesänge


Im Wald

Ich zieh’ so allein in den Wald hinein!
O sieh zwei Falter fliegen!
Sie tummeln sich durch die Luft,
Und wenn sie ruh’n, so wiegen
Sie sich in der Blumen Duft,
Und ich bin so allein, voll Pein!
Ich zieh’ so allein in den Wald hinein!
O sieh zwei Vöglein erschrocken
Entstieben dem warmen Nest!
Doch singen und suchen und locken
Sie hoch sich im Geäst,
Und ich bin so allein, voll Pein!
Ich zieh’ so allein in den Wald hinein!
O sieh zwei Rehe zieh’n
An der grünen Halde zumal!
Und wie sie mich seh’n, entflieh’n
Sie fern in Berg und Tal,
Und ich bin so allein, voll Pein!

In the forest

All alone I go into the wood.
Oh, see two butterflies flying
And fluttering in the sky;
When they rest they are cradled
In the fragrance of a flower;
And I am so alone, so full of care.
All alone I go into the wood.
Oh, see two birds frightened
From their warm nest
But still singing, chasing
And playing high in the boughs;
And I am so alone, so full of care.
All alone I go into the wood.
Oh, see two deer coming
To the green hillside together,
And as they see me
They fly far off over hill and dale together,
Leaving me alone, so full of care.
Translation by Eric Sams

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Poet

Wolfgang Müller von Königswinter was a German novelist and poet. He settled in Cologne, and became a popular poet, novelist, and chronicler of the Rhine region.

His real name was also the name of an earlier poet, Wilhelm Müller. In addition, he followed the poet's practice of appending the name of his birthplace to his original name. In 1835, he went to Bonn to study medicine at the wish of his father, also a physician. There he met Karl Joseph Simrock and Gottfried Kinkel. He continued his studies in Berlin in 1838 and graduated in 1840, after which he served his required time in the army as a surgeon. On his discharge in 1842, he went to Paris where he met Heinrich Heine, Georg Herwegh and Franz von Dingelstedt and continued his medical studies.

His stay in Paris was brief, since the death of his father pushed him to establish a practice in Düsseldorf. He married in 1847, and his family life was a great comfort and inspiration to him in later years. In 1848, he was a delegate to the preliminary parliament at Frankfurt. When that was over, he went back to writing sagas about the Rhine. In 1853, he gave up his medical practice and moved to Cologne, and gradually gave up medicine to devote himself to literature. He briefly went back to practicing medicine during the Franco-Prussian War and wrote some patriotic poems on this occasion.

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