The LiederNet Archive
WARNING. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net

Der Jüngling auf dem Hügel

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein Jüngling auf dem Hügel
Mit seinem Kummer saß,
Wohl ward der Augen Spiegel
Ihm trüb' und tränennaß.

Sah frohe Lämmer spielen
Am grünen Felsenhang,
Sah frohe Bächlein quillen
Das bunte Tal entlang;

Die Schmetterlinge sogen
Am roten Blütenmund,
Wie Morgenträume flogen
Die Wolken in dem Rund;

Und Alles war so munter,
Und Alles schwamm in Glück,
Nur in sein Herz hinunter
Sah nicht der Freude Blick.

Ach, dumpfes Grabgeläute
Im Dorfe nun erklang,
Schon tönte aus der Weite
Ein klagender Gesang;

Sah nun die Lichter [scheinen]1,
Den schwarzen Leichenzug,
Fing bitter an zu [weinen]2,
Weil man sein Röschen trug.

Jetzt ließ den Sarg man nieder,
Der Totengräber kam,
Und gab der Erde wieder,
Was Gott aus selber nahm.

Da schwieg des Jünglings Klage,
Und betend ward sein Blick,
Sah schon am schönem Tage
Des Wiedersehens Glück.

Und wie die Sterne kamen,
Der Mond heraufgeschifft,
[Da las]3 er in den Sternen
Der Hoffnung hohe Schrift.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE IRI ITA

List of language codes

View original text (without footnotes)

Note: Schubert received Hüttenbrenner's poem in handwritten form. It has not been published independently from Schubert's song.

1 Schubert (autograph of first draft): "schimmern"
2 Schubert (autograph of first draft): "wimmern"
3 Schubert (autograph of first draft): "Las still"

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)

  • by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Der Jüngling auf dem Hügel", op. 8 (Vier Lieder) no. 1, D. 702 (1820), published 1822, first performed 1821 [voice, piano], Cappi und Diabelli, VN 872, Wien [ sung text checked 1 time]

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El jovencell al tossal", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De jongeman op de heuvel", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The youth on the hill", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le jeune homme sur la colline", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Ógánach ar an gcnocán", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "Il giovinetto sulla collina", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-08-03 10:41:42
Line count: 36
Word count: 155

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

The youth on the hill

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A youth sat on a hill
with his grief;
and soon his eyes grew
dark and moist with tears.

He watched happy lambs playing
on the green cliff-side,
the happy brook streaming
along the colorful valley...

...the butterflies sipping 
at the red mouths of flowers,
and, like morning dreams, 
clouds flying about.

And all was so cheerful,
and everything floated in happiness;
only in his heart
nothing could be seen of joy.

Alas, the muffled death-knell
now tolled in the village,
and already in the distance
there echoed a lamenting song;

Now he saw lights shining,
and the black cortège.
 He began to weep bitterly,
for they were bringing his Rosie.

Now they lowered the coffin;
the grave-digger arrived,
and gave back to the earth
what God had taken from it.

Then the youth silenced his lament,
and his gaze grew reverential;
already he could see that lovely day
of reunion's joy.

And as the stars came out
and the moon sailed up,
he read in the stars
a lofty message of hope.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The material directly above is protected by copyright and appears here by special permission. If you wish to copy it and distribute it, you must obtain permission or you will be breaking the law. Once you have permission, you must give credit to the author and display the copyright symbol ©. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense under international law.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

    Translation copyright © by Emily Ezust,
    from the LiederNet Archive --

    For any other purpose, please write to the e-mail address below to request permission and discuss possible fees.

    licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
    (licenses at lieder dot net)

Based on


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:35
Line count: 36
Word count: 173