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Kennst du das Land? wo die Citronen...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Kennst du das Land? wo die Citronen blühn,
Im dunkeln Laub die Gold-Orangen glühn,
Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht, 
Die Myrte still und hoch der Lorbeer steht,
Kennst du es wohl?
                   Dahin! Dahin
Möcht' ich mit dir, o mein Geliebter, ziehn.

Kennst du das Haus? Auf Säulen ruht sein Dach,
Es glänzt der Saal, es schimmert das Gemach,
Und Marmorbilder stehn und sehn mich an:
Was hat man Dir, du armes Kind, gethan?
Kennst du es wohl? 
                   Dahin! Dahin
Möcht' ich mit dir, o mein Beschützer, ziehn.

Kennst du den Berg und seinen Wolkensteg?
Das Maulthier sucht im Nebel seinen Weg;
In Höhlen wohnt der Drachen alte Brut;
Es stürzt der Fels und über ihn die Flut.
Kennst du [ihn]1 wohl?
                    Dahin! Dahin
Geht unser Weg! o Vater, laß uns ziehn!


Translation(s): CAT CZE DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE FRE FRE FRE FRE FRE FRE HUN ITA ITA ITA POL RUS RUS

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L. Beethoven sets stanza 1
A. Berg sets stanza 1

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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, page 177.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Zweyter Band. Frankfurt und Leipzig. 1795, pages 7-8. The poem appears in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert: "es"

Notes: "Citronen" is sometimes spelled "Zitronen"
Spontini adds lines from all the stanzas at the end of his setting:

Dahin mit dir, möcht' ich mit dir,
O mein Geliebter, ziehn,
Dahin mit dir, möcht' ich mit dir,
O mein Beschützer, ziehn,
O Vater, dahin geht unser Weg,
O Vater laß uns ziehn,
Mit dir dahin, dahin mit dir!


Submitted by Emily Ezust and Peter Rastl

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ken je het land?", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , "Knowest thou where?", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Mignon", first published 1907
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "Mignon's song", first published 1911
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2016
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Connais-tu le pays où les citronniers fleurissent", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Conosci il paese", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Conosci tu il paese", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Mignon

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Knowst thou the land where citron-blossoms blow,
in shaded grove the golden orange glows,
where fragrant zephyrs wafting o'er the sky,
scarce stir the myrtle, fan the laurel high?
Knowst thou the land?
'Tis there, 'tis there,
I long to go with thee, beloved one, there!

Knowst thou the house? On towering pillars raised,
its glittering halls with thousand colours blaze,
and marble statues stand and gaze at me:
What have they done, poor child, poor child, to thee?
Knowst thou the house?
'Tis there! 'tis there
I long to go with thee, beloved one, there!

Knowst thou the mount, whose clouds shut out the day?
The mule thro' mist and darkness seeks its way,
in caverns lurks the dragons' ancient brood,
o'erthrowing rocks, down foams the roaring flood:
Knowst thou the mount? Knowst thou it, say!
'Tis there! 'tis there
we'll find our home, o father, let us roam!


From the Wolff score.

Submitted by Emily Ezust

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Mignon", written 1784, appears in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, first published 1795 CAT CZE DUT FRE FRE FRE FRE FRE HUN ITA ITA ITA POL RUS FRE FRE FRE GER RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig Abeille, Wilhelm Baumgartner, Bror Beckman, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alban Maria Johannes Berg, Carl Blum, Michael Brough, Leopold Damrosch, Alphons Diepenbrock, John Woods Duke, H. Elkamp, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Carl Gollmick, Friedrich Götzloff, August Ferdinand Häser, Moritz Hauptmann, Georg Jakob Ernst Häusler, Alexis Holländer, Paul Hoppe, Gustav Jansen [not F. G. Jansen], Adolf Jensen, Bernhard Klein, Joseph Klein, Raphael von Koeber, Theobald Kretschmann, Hans Kretzschmer, Karl Johan Krook, Nikolaus, Freiherr von Krufft, Huub de Lange, Leopold Lenz, Hélène Liebmann, Franz Liszt, Oswald Lorenz, Franz Anton Maurer, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Heinrich Meyer, Ferdinand Möhring, Carl Moltke, Lodewijk Mortelmans, Ignaz von Mosel, August Heinrich Leberecht August Mühling, Hans Georg Nägeli, August Pohlenz, Gustav Reichardt, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Adolf Reichel, Bernard Reichel, Helene Riese, Andreas Jakob Romberg, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Heinrich von Sahr, Malvina Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Alexander Schumann, Louis [Ludwig] Spohr, Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Martin Wegelius, Eduard Ritter von Welz, Hugo Wolf, Erich J. Wolff, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.

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