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Language: Swedish (Svenska)

Löfven de falla,
Sjöarna frysa...
Flyttande [svanor]1,
Seglen, o seglen
Sorgsna till södern,
Söken dess nödspis,
Längtande åter;
Plöjen dess sjöar,
Saknande våra!
Då skall ett öga
Se er från palmens
Skugga och tala:
"Tynande Svanor,
[Hvilken]2 förtrollning
[Hvilar]2 på norden?
Den som från södern
Längtar, hans längtan
Söker en himmel."

Translation(s): ENG FIN FRE GER

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1 sometimes spelled "svaner" (?)
2 modern spelling omits the leading 'H'

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)

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

  • ENG English (David McCleery) , "The North", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Pohjola", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le Nord", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Norden", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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Der Norden

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Swedish (Svenska)

Blätter, sie fallen,
Seen überfrieren. -
Schwäne, sie ziehen,
segeln, ach segeln
traurig gen Süden,
suchen dort Nahrung,
Heimat ersehnend,
pflügen die Seen,
uns’re vermissend! 
Dann wird ein Auge
aus Palmens Schatten
sehn euch und sagen:
„Schmachtende Schwäne,
was für ein Zauber
liegt auf dem Norden?
Sehnsucht aus Süden -
Sehnen ist’s nach den
Himmeln des Nordens."

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  • Translation from Swedish (Svenska) to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2018 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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Text added to the website: 2018-04-20.
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