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Der Wanderer an den Mond

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Ich auf der Erd', am Himmel du]1,
Wir wandern beide rüstig zu: -
Ich ernst und trüb, du [mild]2 und rein,
Was mag der Unterschied wol seyn?

Ich wandre fremd von Land zu Land,
So heimatlos, so unbekannt;
Bergauf, bergab, waldein, waldaus,
Doch [bin ich nirgend - ach! -]3 zu Haus.

Du aber wanderst auf und ab
Aus [Westens Wieg' in Ostens]4 Grab, -
Wallst länderein und länderaus,
Und bist doch, wo du bist, zu Haus.

Der Himmel, endlos ausgespannt,
Ist dein geliebtes Heimatland:
O glücklich, wer wohin er geht,
Doch auf der Heimat Boden steht!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ITA

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Confirmed with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's Dichtungen. Zweiter Theil. Lieder der Nacht. [...] Von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Wien. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger. 1826, page 24; with Lieder der Nacht. Von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Zweite, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage. Wien, 1851. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger's Witwe, pages 23-24; and with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's gesammelte Schriften. Mit einer Einleitung von Julius von der Traun. Herausgegeben von Hans Max. Erster Band. [...] Wien, 1877. Wilhelm Braumüller k.k. Hof- und Universitätsbuchhändler, page 31.

1 Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions): "Auf Erden - ich, am Himmel - du"
2 Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions): "hell"
3 Seidl (1826 edition): "nirgend bin ich ach!"
4 Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions), and Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Ostens Wieg' in Westens"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El caminant a la lluna", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De zwerver tot de maan", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The wanderer speaks to the moon", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le voyageur à la lune", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il viandante alla luna", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il viandante alla luna", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Le voyageur à la lune

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Moi sur terre, au ciel toi,
Nous voyageons tous les deux vivement :
Moi sérieux et morose, toi douce et pure,
Qu'est-ce qui fait la différence ?

Je me promène comme un étranger de pays à pays,
Si sans patrie, si inconnu ;
Montant et descendant les montagnes, allant et sortant des forêts,
Mais je ne suis nulle part, hélas, à la maison.

Mais toi tu vas en haut et en bas,
De ton berceau à l'est jusqu'à ta tombe à l'ouest,
Tu vas en pèlerinage de pays en pays,
Et pourtant, où que tu sois, tu es chez toi.

Le ciel, qui s'étend sans fin,
Est ta patrie bien-aimée ;
Ô heureux celui qui, où qu'il aille,
Se tient encore sur le sol natal !

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