by Josef Franz von Ratschky (1757 - 1810)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Lied zur Gesellenreise
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Die ihr einem neuen Grade
Der Erkenntnis nun euch naht,
Wandert fest auf eurem Pfade,
Wißt, es ist der Weisheit Pfad.
Nur der unverdroßne Mann
Mag dem Quell des Lichts sich nah'n.

Nehmt, o Pilger, zum Geleite
Eurer Brüder Segen mit!
Vorsicht sei euch stets zur Seite;
Wißgier leite euren Schritt!
Prüft und werdet nie dem Wahn
Träger Blindheit untertan!

Rauh ist zwar des Lebens Reise,
Aber süß ist auch der Preis,
Der des Wand'rers harrt, der weise
Seine Fahrt zu nützen weiß.
Glücklich, wer einst sagen kann:
Es ist Licht auf meiner Bahn!


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: "Journey of the companions", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant pour le voyage des compagnons", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Lied voor de gezellenreis", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 94

Journey of the companions
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A higher state of knowledge
You are now approaching,
Wandering firmly on your path,
Knowing that it is the path of wisdom.
Only the serene man
May approach the source of light.

Take, o Pilgrim, as an escort
Your brother's blessing.
Let caution be always on your side,
And curiosity guide your steps!
Constantly test yourself and never become
Dependent on the insanity of lazy blindness.

The journey of life is certainly rough,
But sweet is also its reward,
Which the wanderer does await, wisely knowing
That his journey will increase it.
Happy is he who can say:
There is a light upon my life's road!


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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 106