by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Es donnern die Höhen, es zittert der...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE SPA
Es donnern die [Höhen]1, es zittert der Steg,
Nicht grauet dem Schützen auf schwindlichem Weg.
  Er schreitet verwegen 
  Auf Feldern von Eis,
  Da pranget kein Frühling,
  Da grünet kein Reis;

[Und]2 unter den Fußen ein nebliches Meer,
Erkennt er die Städte der Menschen nicht mehr;
  Durch den Riß nur der Wolken
  Erblickt er die Welt,
  Tief unter den Wassern 
  Das grünende Feld.

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1 Liszt: "Höh'n"
2 Liszt: "Tief"

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El caçador dels Alps", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Alpine hunter", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "The alpine hunter", first published 1911
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le chasseur des Alpes", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

Alpine hunter
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The heights thunder, the little bridge trembles,
but the hunter feels no dread on his dizzy path.
He strides audaciously
on the ice-fields,
where no spring glitters
and no shoot grows green;

Far beneath his feet is a misty sea
and he knows the towns of men no more;
Only through a tear in the clouds
does he glimpse the world
far below the streams:
a field turning green.

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  • 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: 12
Word count: 69