Translation © by John Madden

Ich stand auf hohem Berge
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE
Ich stand auf hohem Berge,
schaut' hin und schaut' her,
und da sah ich ein schönes Mädchen,
und da sah ich ein schönes Mädchen,
zwei, drei wohl bei ihr steh'n.

Der Erste war ein Maurer,
der Zweite ein Zimmermann,
und der Dritte, das war ein Husare,
und der Dritte, das war ein Husare,
den wollt' das Mädchen han.

Er führt das schöne Mädchen
in's Wirsthaus hinein,
und das Mädchen hat schöne Kleider,
und das Mädchen hat schöne Kleider,
versoffen müssen sie sein.

Versoffen sind die Kleider,
kein Geld ist mehr da.
Ei so muß das schöne Mädchen,
ei so muß das schöne Mädchen
bei der Nacht nach Hause geh'n.

Ach Mutter, liebe Mutter,
das war ja mein' Freud'.
Denn die Bergischen Husaren,
denn die Bergischen Husaren
sind kreuzbrave Leut'!

Geh'n Abend spät schlafen,
stehn Morgens früh auf,
und da trinken sie ihren Kaffee,
und da trinken sie ihren Kaffee,
Glas Branntwein darauf.

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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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ik stond op hoge bergen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Madden) , "I stood on a high mountain", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je me tenais sur une haute montagne", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53
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Word count: 152

I stood on a high mountain
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I stood on a high mountain,
Looked hither and yon,
And there I spied a pretty maiden,
And there I spied a pretty maiden,
Three swain by her side.

The first one was a mason,
A carpenter came next,
And the third, a soldier in the cavalry,
And the third, a soldier in the cavalry,
And the maiden chose him.

He led the pretty maiden,
To a tavern in the town,
And the maid was wearing fancy finery,
And the maid was wearing fancy finery,
That he gambled away.

Paid for drinks, and bet her finery,
Now the money is gone,
So homeward steals the pretty maiden,
So homeward steals the pretty maiden,
In the still of the night.

“Oh, Mother! Dear Mother!
It was my fondest joy,
For the soldiers of the highland cavalry,
For the soldiers of the highland cavalry,
Are a stout-hearted crew.

They stay up past midnight,
Wake up with the sun,
And they drink their cups of strong-brewed coffee,
And they drink their cups of strong-brewed coffee,
Glass of brandy on top.

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Text added to the website: 2017-10-17 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-10-17 14:13:29
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Word count: 177