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Was zieht mir das Herz so?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was zieht mir das Herz so?
Was zieht mich hinaus?
Und windet und schraubt mich
[Aus]1 Zimmer und Haus?
Wie dort sich die Wolken
[Um]2 Felsen verziehn!
Da möcht' ich hinüber,
Da möcht' ich wohl hin!

Nun wiegt sich der Raben
Geselliger Flug;
Ich mische mich drunter
Und folge dem Zug.
Und Berg und Gemäuer
Umfittigen wir;
Sie weilet da drunten;
Ich spähe nach ihr.

Da kommt sie und wandelt;
Ich eile sobald
Ein singender Vogel
[Zum buschigen]3 Wald.
Sie weilet und horchet
Und lächelt mit sich:
"Er singet so lieblich
Und singt es an mich."

Die scheidende Sonne
[Verguldet]4 die Höhn;
Die sinnende Schöne
Sie läßt es [geschehn]5.
Sie wandelt am Bache
Die Wiesen entlang,
Und finster und finstrer
Umschlingt sich der Gang;

Auf einmal erschein' ich
Ein blinkender Stern.
"Was glänzet da droben,
So nah und so fern?"
Und hast du mit Staunen
Das Leuchten erblickt;
Ich lieg dir zu Füßen,
Da bin ich beglückt!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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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 99-100, and with Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1804, Herausgegeben von Wieland und Goethe, Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, pages 117-119.

1 Goethe's 1827 edition: "An's"
2 Schubert: "Am"
3 Goethe (1804 and 1806 editions): "Zum buschichten", Goethe (Wien 1810 edition): "Zum buschigten", Schubert: "Im buschigten"
4 Beethoven, Schubert: "vergüldet"
5 Schubert: "geschehen"

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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Verlangen", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Nostalgie", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2018-06-26 04:36:26

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What pulls at my heart so?

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 What pulls at my heart so?
 What pulls me outside?
 And twists me and yanks me
 from this room and the house?
 How the clouds there
 disperse around the cliffs!
 I'd like to go there,
 I've very much like to go!
 Now ravens pass by
 in friendly flight;
 I mix with them
 and follow their course.
 And mountain and ruin
 we circle in flight;
 she lingers below,
 and I peer after her.
 Then she comes wandering;
 I hurry immediately,
 a singing bird,
 to the bushy wood.
 She lingers and listens
 and smiles to herself:
 "He sings so nicely
 and he is singing for me!"
 The departing sun
 gilds the heights;
 the pensive, fair lady,
 she lets it happen.
 She wanders by the brook,
 along the meadows,
 and darker and darker
 twists the path;
 At once I appear,
 a glittering star.
 "What gleams up there,
 so near and so far?"
 And when, with astonishment,
 you gaze upon this light,
 I will lie at your feet
 and be happy there!

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Translation of title "Sehnsucht" = "Longing"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Sehnsucht", written 1802, first published 1804 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Andreas Anschütz, Ludwig van Beethoven, Heinrich Bellermann, Ludwig Berger, Gottfried Wilhelm Fink, Peter Grønland, Moritz Hauptmann, Bernhard Klein, Joseph Klein, Heinrich August Marschner, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Franz Peter Schubert, Carl, Freiherr von Seckendorff, Hugo Wolf, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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