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I have desired to go

Language: English

     I have desired to go
        Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
     And a few lilies blow.

    And I have asked to be
        Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
     And out of the swing of the sea.

Translation(s): GER

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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):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , subtitle: "Sie geht ins Kloster", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-05-09 07:15:57
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Dorthin drängt’s mich zu ziehn

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Dorthin drängt’s mich zu ziehn,
zum sichern Quell,
zu Fluren ohne Hagel, himmelhell,
wo manche Lilien blühn.

Nach Häfen ich begehr,
die sturmgefeit,
wo Wassers Wut die Stille hat gefreit,
und nicht mehr wogt das Meer.

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Subtitle: "Sie geht ins Kloster"

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Translation of title "Heaven-Haven" = "Himmel-Hafen"


  • Singable translation from English 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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Based on
  • a text in English by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 - 1889), "Heaven-Haven", subtitle: "A nun takes the veil", appears in Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse, first published 1895
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Samuel Barber, David Frederick Barlow, Jack Hamilton Beeson, Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, Sir, Adrian Cruft, Peter Dickinson, Celius Dougherty, William Flanagan, Arthur Freed, Daan Manneke, Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Robert E. Ward. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-05-09.
Last modified: 2018-05-09 07:17:16
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Word count: 36