Translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870)

Oh! weep for those that wept by Babel's...
Language: English 
Oh! weep for those that wept by Babel's stream, 
Whose shrines are desolate, whose land a dream; 
Weep for the harp of Judah's broken shell; 
Mourn -- where their God that dwelt the godless dwell! 

And where shall Israel lave her bleeding feet? 
And when shall Zion's songs again seem sweet? 
And Judah's melody once more rejoice 
The hearts that leap'd before its heavenly voice? 

Tribes of the wandering foot and weary breast, 
How shall ye flee away and be at rest! 
The wild-dove hath her nest, the fox his cave, 
Mankind their country -- Israel but the grave!

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Theremin (1780 - 1846) , "Weint um Israel", appears in Hebräische Gesänge, first published 1820 ; composed by M. Henle, George Henschel, Carl Loewe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Max Bruch, Friedrich Eduard Wilsing.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Julius Körner (1793 - 1873) , "Klage", appears in Israelitische Gesänge, no. 5 ; composed by Heinrich August Marschner.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Louise von Vigny.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Carl Goldmark.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870) , "O, weint um sie die einst", appears in Hebräische Melodien, no. 5, first published 1841 ; composed by Joseph Gall, Carl Georg Peter Grädener, Johann Benjamin Gross, Ferdinand von Hiller, Carl Adolf Lorenz, Dr., Karl Müller, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Max Seifriz.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Eduard Nickles ; composed by Luise Adolpha Le Beau.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Gustav Flügel.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Dmitry Yegorovich Min (1816 - 1885) , no title, first published 1859 ; composed by Eduard Frantsevich Nápravník.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Dmitri Dmitrevich Minayev (1835 - 1889) , "Еврейская мелодия", written 1863 ; composed by Boris Vladimirovich Podgoretsky.

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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 97

O weint um sie, die einst an Babels...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): ENG
   O weint um sie, die einst an Babels Strand 
Geweint, -- ihr Tempel wüst, ein Traum ihr Land! 
Weint um die Harfe Juda's, die zersprang, --
Abgötter sind, wo einst ihr Gott sich schwang.

   Wo badet Israel den wunden Fuß?
Wann hallt von Zion süßer Liedergruß?
Wann wieder wird von Juda's Sang berauscht
Das Herz, das sonst dem Himmelston gelauscht?

   Du Stamm mit irrem Fuß und müder Brust,
Wann wirst du eingehn in der Ruhe Lust?
Die Taube hat ihr Nest, der Fuchs die [Schluft]1,
Der Mensch die Heimat -- Juda nur die Gruft!

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Confirmed with Adolf Böttger, Byron's sämmtliche Werke, Erster Band Hebräische Melodien. Stunden der Muße, Leipzig: Verlag von Otto Wigand, 1841, page 9.

1 Hiller: "Kluft"

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-08-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 92