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Der Wanderer an den Mond

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Ich auf der Erd', am Himmel du]1,
Wir wandern beide rüstig zu: -
Ich ernst und trüb, du [mild]2 und rein,
Was mag der Unterschied wol seyn?

Ich wandre fremd von Land zu Land,
So heimatlos, so unbekannt;
Bergauf, bergab, waldein, waldaus,
Doch [bin ich nirgend - ach! -]3 zu Haus.

Du aber wanderst auf und ab
Aus [Westens Wieg' in Ostens]4 Grab, -
Wallst länderein und länderaus,
Und bist doch, wo du bist, zu Haus.

Der Himmel, endlos ausgespannt,
Ist dein geliebtes Heimatland:
O glücklich, wer wohin er geht,
Doch auf der Heimat Boden steht!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ITA

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Confirmed with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's Dichtungen. Zweiter Theil. Lieder der Nacht. [...] Von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Wien. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger. 1826, page 24; with Lieder der Nacht. Von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Zweite, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage. Wien, 1851. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger's Witwe, pages 23-24; and with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's gesammelte Schriften. Mit einer Einleitung von Julius von der Traun. Herausgegeben von Hans Max. Erster Band. [...] Wien, 1877. Wilhelm Braumüller k.k. Hof- und Universitätsbuchhändler, page 31.

1 Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions): "Auf Erden - ich, am Himmel - du"
2 Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions): "hell"
3 Seidl (1826 edition): "nirgend bin ich ach!"
4 Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions), and Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Ostens Wieg' in Westens"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El caminant a la lluna", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De zwerver tot de maan", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The wanderer speaks to the moon", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le voyageur à la lune", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il viandante alla luna", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il viandante alla luna", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-05-09 13:39:34

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The wanderer speaks to the moon

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 I on the earth, you in the sky -
 we both wander briskly on:
 I stern and troubled, you mild and pure;
 what might be the difference between us?
 A stranger, I wander from land to land,
 so rootless and unknown;
 up mountains and down, into forests and out,
 but nowhere am I - alas! - at home.
 But you wander up and down,
 from the eastern cradle to the western grave,
 on your pilgrimage from land to land;
 and wherever you are, you are at home.
 The sky, endlessly spreading,
 is your beloved homeland;
 o happy is he who, wherever he goes,
 still stands on native ground!

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