You can help us modernize! The present website has been online for a very long time and we want to bring it up to date. As of April 20, we are $4,600 away from our goal of $15,000 to fund the project. The fully redesigned site will be better for mobile, easier to read and navigate, and ready for the next decade. Please give today and join dozens of other supporters in making this important renovation possible!

The LiederNet Archive
WARNING. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net

I hear an army charging upon the land

Language: English

I hear an army charging upon the land,
  And the thunder of horses plunging, foam about their knees:
Arrogant, in black armour, behind them stand,
  Disdaining the reins, with flutt'ring whips, the charioteers.

They cry unto the night their battlename:
  I moan in sleep when I hear afar their whirling laughter.
They cleave the gloom of dreams, a blinding flame,
  Clanging, clanging upon the heart as upon an anvil.

They come shaking in triumph their long, green hair:
  They come out of the sea and run shouting by the shore.
My heart, have you no wisdom thus to despair?
  My love, my love, why have you left me alone?

Translation(s): FRE GER GER

List of language codes

About the headline (FAQ)

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE by Harald Genzmer.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter Riemer) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:36
Line count: 12
Word count: 109

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Ich höre ein Heer an Land stürmen und...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich höre ein Heer an Land stürmen und das
Donnern stampfender Pferde, Schaum an den Knien;
Hochmütig, in schwarzer Rüstung, stehen hinter ihnen,
die Zügel verachtend, mit züngelnden Peitschen, die Wagenlenker.
Sie schreien ihren Schlachtennamen in die Nacht hinaus:
Ich stöhne im Schlaf, höre ich von fern ihr brodelndes
Gelächter.Sie zerspalten die Düsternis der Träume mit greller Flamme,
hämmern, hämmern auf das Herz ein wie auf einen Amboss.
Sie kommen und schütteln im Triumph ihr langes, grünes Haar:
Sie kommen herauf aus dem Meer und jagen schreiend über den Strand.
Mein Herz, fehlt es dir an Weisheit, dass du so verzweifelst?
Meine Liebste, meine Liebste, warum ließest du mich allein?

IMPORTANT NOTE: The material directly above is protected by copyright and appears here by special permission. If you wish to copy it and distribute it, you must obtain permission or you will be breaking the law. Once you have permission, you must give credit to the author and display the copyright symbol ©. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense under international law.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "I hear an army" = "Ich höre ein Heer"


  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2016 by Walter Riemer, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


    licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
    (licenses at lieder dot net)

Based on
  • a text in English by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), no title, appears in Chamber Music, no. 36, first published 1907 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): David Arditti, Gary Bachlund, Samuel Barber, Lorne M. Betts, Brian Boydell, David Del Tredici, Ross Lee Finney, Eugene Goossens, Sir, Sidney Harrison, Derek Healey, Muriel Emily Herbert, Jack Marius Jarrett, Alfred Kunz, Rudolf Mengelberg, Gardner Read, Conrad Susa. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-10-25 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2016-10-25 09:33:40
Line count: 12
Word count: 110