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Seyd mir gegrüßt, ihr lachenden Hügel

Language: German (Deutsch)

Seyd mir gegrüßt, ihr lachenden Hügel
Herrlich gekrönt mit grünendem Laub;
Mild umweht von Zephyr's Flügel
Werdet ihr keines Sturmes Raub!

Sey mir gegrüßt, o ruhiges Meer,
Brandende Wogen am einsamen Strand,
Spiegel dem nächtlichen Sternenheer.
Sey mir gegrüßt mein Jugendland!

Theure Bilder verflossener Freuden,
Verschwunden sind sie nach kurzem Spiel;
Möge der Schmerz vom irdischen Scheiden
Wenden das Auge zum seligen Ziel!

Translation(s): ENG

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The published Lang score says: "Gedichtet von der Herzogin von Orleans in ihrem 14ten Jahre."

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "I greet you!", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-12-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

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I greet you!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Greetings to you, you laughing hills,
Gloriously crowned with green foliage!1
Mildly wafted about by wings of Zephyr,
You do not fall victim to the predations of any storm!

Greetings to you, oh quiet sea,
Billowing waves upon the lonely shore,
Mirror for the hosts of stars at night!
Greetings to you, land of my youth!

Dear images of joys that have passed away,
That disappeared after a short space!
May the pain of earthly partings,
Turn my eyes to the blessed goal [of heaven]!

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1 note: this translation follows the punctuation of Lang's song, which makes heavy use of exclamation points.


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Text added to the website: 2006-12-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 12
Word count: 85