by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Droben stehet die Kapelle
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FIN FRE
Droben stehet die Kapelle,
Schauet still ins Tal hinab,
Drunten [singt]1 bei Wies' und Quelle
Froh und hell der Hirtenknab'.

Traurig tönt das Glöcklein nieder,
Schauerlich der Leichenchor;
Stille sind die frohen Lieder,
Und der Knabe lauscht empor.

Droben bringt man sie zu Grabe,
Die sich freuten in dem Tal.
Hirtenknabe, Hirtenknabe!
Dir auch singt man dort einmal.

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Pauline Viardot-García.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De kapel", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The Chapel", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La chapelle", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 58

The Chapel
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Up there stands the chapel,
 gazing mutely down into the valley;
 lower down, by the meadows and streams,
 the shepherd lad sings blithely and brightly.
 Mournfully the little bell tolls down,
 an eerie funeral choir;
 silenced are the merry songs
 and the boy listens. 
 Above, they are bearing to the grave
 those who were happy in the valley.
 Shepherd lad, shepherd lad,
 they will one day sing for you as well.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 72