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Da droben auf jenem Berge

Language: German (Deutsch)

Da droben auf jenem Berge,
Da steh' ich tausendmal,
An meinem Stabe [gebogen]1
Und schaue hinab in das Thal.

Dann folg' ich der weidenden Herde,
Mein Hündchen bewahret mir sie.
Ich bin herunter gekommen
Und weiß doch selber nicht wie.

Da stehet von schönen Blumen
[Die]2 ganze Wiese so voll.
Ich breche sie, ohne zu wissen,
Wem ich sie geben soll.

Und Regen, Sturm und Gewitter
[Verpass']3 ich unter dem Baum.
Die Thüre dort bleibet verschlossen;
Doch alles ist leider ein Traum.

Es stehet ein Regenbogen
Wohl über jenem Haus!
Sie aber ist [weggezogen]4,
[Und]5 weit in das Land hinaus.

Hinaus in das Land und weiter,
Vielleicht gar über die See.
Vorüber, ihr Schafe, [vorüber]6!
Dem Schäfer ist gar so weh.


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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 94-95, and with Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1804, Herausgegeben von Wieland und Goethe, Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, pages 113-114.

1 Schubert: "hingebogen"; Zelter: "bogen"
2 Schubert: "Da steht die"
3 Zelter: "Vergeß'"
4 Schubert: "fortgezogen"; Zelter: "weg gezogen"
5 Schubert (only second version): "Gar"
6 Schubert: "nur vorüber"

Submitted by Richard Morris 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)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Klaaglied van de herder", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "High upon that mountain", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Leon Malinofsky) , "Shepherd's lament", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Complainte du berger", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Su quella montagna lassù", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Elegia del pastore", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Elena Kalinina) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Shepherd's lament

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I've stood there upon that mountain
A thousand times, I know,
Bent over on my old sheep-crook
And watching the valley below.

I follow the wandering sheep flock,
My little dog guards them for me.
I come down here along with them,
Though how, I still cannot see.

The meadow is blowing with flowers
Of every beautiful hue.
I break them now without knowing
Who I should give them to.

And rain, and storm and the thunder
I weather under the tree.
The door over there remains closed now--
It seems like I'm dreaming to me.

And over there stands a rainbow
Above the house today!
But she has gone away now
So far in the land away.

Far out in the land and farther,
Perhaps way over the sea.
Go on now, my small sheep, go on now!
How sad your shepherd can be.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Schäfers Klagelied", written 1801, first published 1804 CAT DUT FRE ITA ITA RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Anton André, Johann Andreas Anschütz, Georg Friedrich Alexander, Graf von Blankensee, Moritz, Graf von Dietrichstein, Wilhelm Ehlers, Niels Wilhelm Gade, August Harder, August Ferdinand Häser, Alexis Holländer, Franz von Holstein, Franz Hünten, Gustav Jansen [not F. G. Jansen], Johann Christoph Kienlen, Bernhard Klein, Gabriel Linsén, Sigismund von Neukomm, Wilhelm Ohliger, Franz Otto, Luise Reichardt, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Franz Peter Schubert, August Schuster, Johann Xaver Sterkel, Gottlieb Streitwolf, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-12-10.
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