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I heard their young hearts crying

Language: English

I heard their young hearts crying
Loveward above the glancing oar
And heard the prairie grasses sighing:
No more, return no more!

O hearts, O sighing grasses,
Vainly your loveblown bannerets mourn!
No more will the wild wind that passes
Return, no more return.

Translation(s): FRE GER

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First published in the Saturday Review, September 1913

Submitted by Barbara Miller


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "En regardant les yoles à San Sabba", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Betrachtung der Ruderer vor San Sabba", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-01-13.
Last modified: 2014-08-23 12:33:48
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Betrachtung der Ruderer vor San Sabba

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich hört’ die jungen Herzen schrei’n
nach Liebe, über der Ruder Musik,
ich hört’ die Prairiegräser seufzen:
nie mehr, nie mehr kehrt sie zurück!

Ach Herzen, ach du seufzend Gras,
vergeblich trauern eure Fähnlein, von der Liebe Wind zerzaust!
Nie wieder kehrt der wilde Wind, der euch umbraust,
nie mehr kehrt er zurück.

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  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2014 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in English by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), "Watching the needleboats at San Sabba", written 1912, appears in Pomes Penyeach, no. 2 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Stanley Richard Bate, Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, Sir, Brian Boydell, Robin Field, John Gruen, Geert van Keulen. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-08-23.
Last modified: 2014-08-23 12:34:11
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