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Ich wandre fort ins ferne Land

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich wandre fort [ins ferne]1 Land,
Noch einmal blickt' ich um, bewegt,
Und sah, wie sie den Mund geregt,
Und wie gewinket ihre Hand.

Wohl rief sie noch ein freundlich Wort
Mir nach auf meinem trüben Gang,
Doch hört' ich nicht den liebsten Klang,
Weil ihn der Wind getragen fort.

Daß ich mein Glück verlassen muß,
Du rauher, kalter Windeshauch,
Ist's nicht genug, daß du mir auch
Entreißest ihren letzten Gruß?

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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1 Mendelssohn: "in fernes"

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To the wind", copyright © 2004
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au vent", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:38
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To the wind

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I wandered forth to a far-off land;
just one more time I looked back with emotion,
and saw how she moved her mouth 
and how she waved with her hand.

She must have called a friendly word
to send me on my gloomy way,
but I did not hear one beloved sound
because the wind had carried it away.

That I must give up my happiness,
you raw, cold blast of wind,
it should be enough - yet must you also 
tear from me her last farewell?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850), "An den Wind", appears in Gedichte, in 4. Viertes Buch, in Liebesklänge DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ella Adaïewsky, Heinrich Bellermann, Wenzel Theodor Bradsky, August Bungert, Robert Franz, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Wilhelm Kienzl, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Emanuel Moór, Othmar Schoeck, Alexander Winterberger. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-05-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:06
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Word count: 87