by Georg Philipp Schmidt von Lübeck (1766 - 1849) and sometimes misattributed to Friedrich Ludwig Zacharias Werner (1768 - 1823)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Ich komme vom Gebirge her
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE IRI ITA RUS
Ich komme vom Gebirge her,
Es [ruft]1 das Thal, es [rauscht]2 das Meer,
Ich wandle [still und]3 wenig froh,
Und immer [fragt]4 der Seufzer: wo?

Die Sonne dünkt mich hier so kalt,
Die Blüte welk, das Leben alt,
Und was sie reden, [tauber]5 Schall,
Ich bin ein Fremdling überall.

Wo bist du, mein [gelobtes]6 Land,
Gesucht, geahnt [und]7 nie gekannt?
Das Land, das Land so [hoffnunggrün]8,
Das Land, wo meine Rosen blühn?

Wo meine [Träume wandeln]9 gehn,
Wo meine Todten auferstehn;
Das Land, das meine Sprache spricht,
[Und alles hat, was mir gebricht?]10

Ich wandle [still und]3 wenig froh,
Und immer [fragt]4 der Seufzer: wo?
[Es bringt die Luft den Hauch]11 zurück:
»[Da]12, wo du nicht bist, [blüht]13 das Glück!«

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Confirmed with Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen. Achtzehnter Jahrgang 1808. Herausgegeben von W. G. Becker. Leipzig in der Niemannschen Buchhandlung, page 143; with Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung. Vierzehnter Jahrgang vom 1. Januar 1812 bis 30. December 1812. I. N. Forkel. Leipzig, bei Breitkopf und Härtel, No. 50. Den 9ten December 1812, Beylage; and with Dichtungen für Kunstredner. Herausgegeben von Deinhardstein. Wien und Triest, 1815. Im Verlage der Geistingerschen Buchhandlung, pages 149-150.

Note: The poem was first published 1808 in a version with five stanzas in Becker's Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen "Mit Musik von Herrn Zelter". It has also been set by Kuhlau and was published 1812 in Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung, but with "Werner" as the author's name. Schubert's text source was Deinhardstein's Dichtungen für Kunstredner, where the poem has the title Der Unglückliche and again "Werner" as author. Schmidt von Lübeck revised his poem and added three stanzas between stanza 1 and 2; this final version was published 1813 in Becker's Guirlanden; see below.

1 Schubert, Kuhlau, and Deinhardstein: "dampft"; Zelter: "ruht"
2 Schubert: "braust"; Kuhlau: "wogt"
3 Schubert, Kuhlau, and Deinhardstein: "still, bin"
4 Deinhardstein: "frägt"
5 Schubert, Kuhlau, and Deinhardstein: "leerer"
6 Schubert, and Deinhardstein: "geliebtes"
7 Kuhlau: "doch"
8 Schubert, and Deinhardstein: "hoffnungsgrün"; Kuhlau: "Hoffnungs grün"
9 Schubert: "Freunde wandelnd"; Deinhardstein: "Freunde wandeln"
10 Schubert: "O Land, wo bist du?"
11 Schubert: "Im Geisterhauch tönt's mir"; Kuhlau: "Im Geisterruf tönt's mir"; Deinhardstein: "Im Geisterhauch tönt mir's"
12 Schubert, and Deinhardstein: "Dort"
13 Schubert: "dort ist"; Kuhlau, and Deinhardstein: "ist"

Hüttenbrenner uses exactly the same text modifications as Schubert.


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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De zoeker", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Paul Hindemith) , "The wanderer", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The wanderer", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Yannis Haralambous) , "Le voyageur", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il viandante", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Elena Kalinina) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The wanderer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I come from highlands down to shore,
the valleys steam, the oceans roar.
I wander silent, joyless here:
my sigh keeps asking, Where? Oh, where?

Their sun appears to me so cold,
their blossoms limp, their life so old;
and what they speak of, empty fare:
I am a stranger everywhere.

Where are you, land, beloved home?
Imagined, sought, but never known!
The land, the land, whence hope does flow,
the land where all my roses grow,

where friends shall never meet in vain,
where all my dead shall rise again,
the land that speaks my language true:
Oh land, where are you?...

I wander silent, joyless here,
my sigh keeps asking, Where? Oh where?
The specters answer my distress:
"Where you are not, there's happiness."

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