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Language: German (Deutsch)

Von [dem Berge]1 zu den Hügeln,
Niederab das Tal entlang,
Da [erklingt es]2 wie von Flügeln,
Da [bewegt sichs]3 wie Gesang;
Und dem unbedingten Triebe
Folget Freude, folget Rat,
Und dein Streben, sei's in Liebe!
Und dein Leben sei die Tat.

Denn die Bande sind zerrissen,
Das Vertrauen ist verletzt;
Kann ich sagen, kann ich wissen,
Welchem Zufall ausgesetzt,
Ich nun scheiden, ich nun wandern,
Wie die Witwe trauervoll,
Statt dem Einen, mit dem Andern
Fort und fort mich wenden soll!

Bleibe nicht am Boden heften,
Frisch gewagt und frisch hinaus!
Kopf und Arm mit heitern Kräften,
Überall sind [sie]4 zu Haus;
Wo wir uns der Sonne freuen,
Sind wir [jede Sorge]5 los,
Daß wir uns in ihr zerstreuen,
Darum ist die Welt so groß.

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE

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O. Gerster sets stanzas 1, 3
F. Mendelssohn-Hensel sets stanzas 1, 3

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1 Mendelssohn: "den Bergen"
2 Gerster: "bewegt sichs"
3 Gerster: "erklingt es"
4 Gerster, Mendelssohn: "wir"
5 Mendelssohn: "jeder Sorgen"; Gerster: "alle Sorgen"

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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 Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) , title 1: "Traveller's song" [an adaptation] DUT FRE by Felix Harold White.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Wandering song", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant du voyageur", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Trekkerslied", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Wandering song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

From the [mountain]1 to the hills,
and throughout the valley,
something resounds as if on wings,
something is stirring like a song!
And to absolute impulse
joy yields, reason yields;
and let your striving be for love!
And let your life be the deed.

Do not stay pinned to the floor -
be fresh and daring, and go on your way,
head and arm full of cheerful strength;
everywhere we are at home!
Wherever the sun delights us,
we are free of every care;
that we may scatter within it
is the reason the world is so huge.

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1 Mendelssohn: "mountains"


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