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My Heart's in the Highlands

Language: English

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here:
My heart's in the Highlands, a chasing the deer;
[Chasing]1 the wild deer, and following the roe --
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go.
Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birthplace of valour, the country of worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.
 
Farewell to the mountains high [cover’d]2 with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green [valleys]3 below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.
My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a chasing the deer;
[Chasing]1 the wild deer, and following the roe --
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.


Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER GER

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Confirmed withThe Works of Robert Burns, London: T. Tegg, Cheapside; C. Daly, Red Lion Square, MDCCCXL, page 384.

1 Arditti: "A-chasing"
2 Arditti: "covered"
3 Gade: “vallies” (likely a typo)

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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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)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , title 1: "Mein Herz ist im Hochland" CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE by Robert Alexander Schumann, Adolf Jensen, Alexander Fesca, W. Eckardt, Julius Stern, Hans Harthan, Carl Krebs.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Friedrich Niggli (1875 - 1959) FRE by Friedrich Niggli.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by (Johann) Philipp Kaufmann (1802 - 1846) , from Gedichte von Robert Burns, published 1839 [an adaptation] FRE by Otto Dresel, Ferdinand von Hiller.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) , title 1: "Mein Herz ist im Hochland", from Gedichte, in Robert Burns. Elf Lieder [later 13 Lieder], no. 9[11] FRE FRE by Robert Franz, Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke, Paul Claussnitzer, Ferdinand Sieber, Wilhelm Kleinecke, Hans Sitt, Heinrich August Marschner, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Niels Wilhelm Gade.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist GER GER by Niels Wilhelm Gade.

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

Last modified: 2016-05-05 16:47:13
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Mein Herz ist im Hochland, mein Herz ist...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

   Mein Herz ist im Hochland, mein Herz ist nicht hier;
Mein Herz ist im Hochland, [in]1 Waldes Revier;
Dort jagt es den Hirsch und verfolget das Reh;
Mein Herz ist im Hochland, wohin ich auch geh!
 
   Leb' wohl, mein Hochland, mein heimischer [Nord]2!
Die Wiege der Freiheit, des Muthes ist dort.
Wohin ich auch wandre, wo immer ich bin:
Auf die Berg', auf die Berge zieht es mich hin!
 
   Lebt wohl, ihr Berge, bedecket mit Schnee!
Lebt wohl, ihr Thäler, voll Blumen und Klee!
Lebt wohl, ihr Wälder, bemoostes Gestein,
Ihr stürzenden Bächlein [in]1 farbigen Schein!
 
   Mein Herz ist im Hochland, mein Herz ist nicht hier;
Mein Herz, liebe Heimath, ist immer bei dir!
Es jaget den Hirsch und verfolget das Reh;
Mein Herz ist im Hochland, wohin ich auch geh!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-3, 1

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Confirmed with Robert Burns' Gedichte deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth., 1840, page 126

1 Schumann: "im"
2 Schumann: "Ort"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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Based on
  • a text in English by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "My heart's in the Highlands" FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): David Arditti, Niels Wilhelm Gade. Go to the text.

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) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "Comiat de l'home de la terra alta", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Afscheidslied van de Hooglander", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Adieu aux Highlands", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-11-19.
Last modified: 2016-01-13 12:08:36
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