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Die Heimat

Language: German (Deutsch)

Froh kehrt der Schiffer heim an den stillen [Strom]1
   Von fernen Inseln, wo er geerntet hat;
      Wohl [möcht' auch ich]2 zur Heimat wieder;
         Aber was hab' ich, wie Leid, geerntet? -
Ihr holden Ufer, die ihr mich aufgezogt,
   [Stillt ihr der Liebe Leiden?]3 ach! gebt ihr mir,
      Ihr Wälder meiner Kindheit, wann ich
         [Komme]4, die Ruhe noch Einmal wieder?

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin Sämtliche Gedichte und Hyperion, Frankfurt am Main und Leipzig: Insel Verlag, 1999, page 200

Note (provided by Sharon Krebs): Hölderlin published two versions of this poem. This one with two stanzas and a longer one with six stanzas. Only the first two lines are the same. This green dot is for the one with two stanzas, which Eisler set.

1 Eisler: "Strome"
2 Eisler: "möchte ich gern"
3 omitted by Eisler.
4 Eisler: "wiederkehre".

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Home", copyright ©
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Terra natal", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Le pays natal", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-09-16 18:35:05
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Terra natal

Language: Catalan (Català) after the German (Deutsch)

Joiós torna a casa el navegant pel riu tranquil,
ve d'illes llunyanes on ell ha fet la collita;
jo voldria també ara tornar a casa;
però què he collit jo que no siguin penes?

Vosaltres, plaents ribatges que m'heu vist créixer,
podríeu apaivagar les penes d'amor?
Ai! Si tornés, vosaltres, boscos de la meva infantesa, 
podríeu, de nou, retornar-me la pau?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843), "Die Heimat" ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Benjamin Britten, Hanns Eisler, Josef Matthias Hauer. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-11-10.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:41
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Word count: 61