by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation by Bayard Taylor (1825 - 1878)

Da droben auf jenem Berge
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA ITA RUS
Da droben auf jenem Berge,
Da steh' ich tausendmal,
An meinem Stabe [gebogen]1
Und [schaue]2 hinab in das Thal.

Dann folg' ich der weidenden Herde,
Mein Hündchen bewahret mir sie.
Ich bin herunter gekommen
Und weiß doch selber nicht wie.

Da [stehet]3 von schönen Blumen
[Die]4 ganze Wiese so voll.
Ich breche sie, ohne zu wissen,
Wem ich sie geben soll.

Und Regen, Sturm und Gewitter
[Verpass']5 ich unter dem Baum.
Die Thüre dort bleibet verschlossen;
[Doch]6 alles ist leider ein Traum.

Es stehet ein Regenbogen
Wohl über jenem Haus!
Sie aber ist [weggezogen]7,
[Und]8 weit in das Land hinaus.

Hinaus in das Land und weiter,
Vielleicht gar über die See.
Vorüber, ihr Schafe, [vorüber]9!
Dem Schäfer ist gar so weh.

F. Holstein sets stanzas 3-?

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 94-95, and with Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1804, Herausgegeben von Wieland und Goethe, Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, pages 113-114.

1 Schubert: "hingebogen"; Zelter: "bogen"
2 Schubert (only second version): "sehe"
3 Schubert (only second version): "steht"
4 Schubert: "Da steht die"
5 Zelter: "Vergeß'"
6 Schubert (only second version): "Und"
7 Schubert: "fortgezogen"; Zelter: "weg gezogen"
8 Schubert (only second version): "Gar"
9 Schubert: "nur vorüber"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Klaaglied van de herder", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "High upon that mountain", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Leon Malinofsky) , "Shepherd's lament", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Complainte du berger", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Su quella montagna lassù", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Elegia del pastore", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Elena Kalinina) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-04-12 05:42:56
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Word count: 121

Shepherd's Lament
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Up yonder on the mountain
A thousand times I stand,
Leant on my crook, and gazing
Down on the valley land.

I follow the flock to the pasture;
My little dog watches them still,
I have come below, but I know not
How I descended the hill.

The beautiful valley is covered
With blossoms of every hue;
I pluck them, alas! Without knowing
Whom I shall give them to.

I seek in the rain and the tempest
A refuge under the tree:
Yonder the doors are fasten'd,
And all is a dream to me.

Right over the roof of the dwelling
I see a rainbow stand;
But she has departed forever,
And gone far out into the land.

Far out in the land, and farther
Perhaps to an alien shore;
Go forward, ye sheep! go forward,
The heart of the shepherd is sore.

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Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller

Text added to the website: 2004-02-10 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:04
Line count: 24
Word count: 143