by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Hoch, hoch sind die Berge
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Hoch, hoch sind die Berge,
Und steil ist ihr Pfad;
Die Brunnen sprüh'n Wasser
Und rieseln ins Kraut.

O Mutter, o Mutter,
[Schön]1 Mütterlein du!
Dort, dort in die Berge,
Mit den Gipfeln so stolz
Da ging eines Morgens
Mein süßester Freund.
Wohl rief ich zurück ihn
Mit Zeichen und Wort,
Wohl winkt' ich mit allen
Fünf Fingern zurück --
[Die Brunnen sprüh'n Wasser
Und rieseln ins Kraut.]2

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1 Schumann: "Lieb"
2 Schumann instead here repeats "Wohl rief ich zurück ihn/ mit Zeichen und Wort."

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lied 'Hoog, hoog zijn de bergen'", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Hautes, hautes sont les montagnes", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Auditorium du Louvre
High, high are the mountains
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
High, high are the mountains,
And their pathways are steep,
Water sprays forth from the springs
And trickles away into the heather.

Oh mother, oh mother,
You dear mother!
There, into the mountains
With their proud peaks,
One morning, went
My sweetest friend.
I called him back
With gestures and words,
I signalled him to come back
With every finger on my hand.
Water sprays forth from the springs
And trickles away into the heather.

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