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Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Kennst du das Land, wo die [Zitronen]1 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, getan?
Kennst du es wohl? 
                   Dahin! dahin
Möcht ich mit dir, o mein Beschützer, ziehn.

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



Translation(s): ENG ENG ITA RUS FRE FRE FRE POL CAT ITA ITA DUT CZE FRE ENG ENG RUS HUN FRE FRE ENG
L. Beethoven sets stanza 1
A. Berg sets stanza 1

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1 sometimes spelled "Citronen" (Fibich and others)
Note: 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

Authorship


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , copyright © CZE CAT DUT HUN RUS ITA FRE POL RUS FRE GER by Ralph Shapey.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803 - 1873) , no title CAT CZE DUT HUN ENG ITA FRE POL ENG FRE GER by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by (Paul) Jules Barbier (1825 - 1901) [an adaptation] CAT CZE DUT RUS HUN ENG ITA POL RUS ENG GER and by Michel Carré (1819 - 1872) [an adaptation] CAT CZE DUT RUS HUN ENG ITA POL RUS ENG GER by Ambroise Thomas.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Louis Gallet (1835 - 1898) [an adaptation] CAT CZE DUT RUS HUN ENG ITA POL RUS ENG GER by Charles Gounod.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Victor Wilder (1835 - 1892) [an adaptation] DUT CAT CZE RUS HUN ENG ITA POL RUS ENG GER by Henri Duparc.
  • Also set in Polish (Polski), a translation by Adam Mickiewicz (1798 - 1855) CAT CZE DUT RUS HUN ENG ITA FRE RUS ENG FRE GER by Stanisław Moniuszko.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Giuseppe Zaffira , title 1: "Non conosci il bel suol" [an adaptation] CAT CZE DUT RUS HUN ENG FRE POL RUS ENG FRE GER by Ambroise Thomas.
  • Also set in Czech (Čeština), a translation by Ladislav Quis (1846 - 1913) CAT DUT RUS HUN ENG ITA FRE POL RUS ENG FRE GER by Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT CZE DUT HUN ENG ITA FRE POL ENG FRE GER by Akhilles Nikolayevich Alferaki.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , Comte de P. (Perthuis ?) CAT CZE DUT RUS HUN ENG ITA POL RUS ENG GER by Adolf Reichel.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Théodore Toussenel (1806 - 1885) CAT CZE DUT RUS HUN ENG ITA POL RUS ENG GER by Hippolyte Monpou.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), adapted by ? Stosberg [an adaptation] CAT CZE DUT RUS HUN ENG ITA FRE POL RUS ENG FRE by Joseph Geissler.

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

  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , title 1: "Knowest thou where?", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , title 1: "Conosci il paese", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Conosci tu il paese", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Ken je het land?", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Connais-tu le pays où les citronniers fleurissent", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , title 1: "Mignon", published 1907
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , title 1: "Mignon's song", published 1911
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2016

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Knowest thou where?

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Knowest thou where the lemon blossom grows,
In foliage dark the orange golden glows,
A gentle breeze blows from the azure sky,
Still stands the myrtle, and the laurel, high?
Dost know it well?
'Tis there! 'Tis there
Would I with thee, oh my beloved, fare.

Knowest the house, its roof on columns fine?
Its hall glows brightly and its chambers shine,
And marble figures stand and gaze at me:
What have they done, oh wretched child, to thee?
Dost know it well?
'Tis there! 'Tis there
Would I with thee, oh my protector, fare.

Knowest the mountain with the misty shrouds?
The mule is seeking passage through the clouds;
In caverns dwells the dragons' ancient brood;
The cliff rocks plunge under the rushing flood!
Dost know it well?
'Tis there! 'Tis there
Leads our path! Oh father, let us fare.



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Other titles: "Sehnsucht nach Italien" -> "Longing for Italy"

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