Written as a message to Charlotte von Stein, Goethe’s Wandrers Nachtlied, became part of the collections of his works and was transformed according to the will of the author. Starting from the Cotta edition of 1815, it appeared together with Ein gleiches (Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh), forming a bipartite, unitary and different whole in itself. The essay reconstructs the editorial history of the two texts and their metamorphosis over the course of time.