by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Thomas A. Gregg

Uf'm Bergli
Language: Swiss German (Schwizerdütsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE
[Uf'm]1 Bergli
Bin i [gesässe]2,
Ha de Vögle
Zugeschaut;
Hänt gesunge,
Hänt gesprunge,
Hänts Nästli
Gebaut.

In ä Garte
Bin i [gestande]3,
Ha de Imbli
Zugeschaut;
Hänt gebrummet,
Hänt gesummet,
Hänt Zelli
Gebaut.

Uf [d' Wiese]4
Bin i gange,
Lugt'i Summer-
vögle a;
Hänt gesoge,
Hänt gefloge,
Gar [z'schön hänt's]5
Gethan.

Und da kummt nu
Der Hansel,
Und da zeig i
Em froh,
Wie sie's [mache]6,
Und mer [lache]7
Und [mache's]8
Au so.

K. Stockhausen sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, pages 169-170; with Goethe's Werke. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1815, pages 155-156; and with Goethe's Werke. Erster Band. Original-Ausgabe. Wien, 1816. Bey Chr. Kaulfuß und C. Armbruster. Stuttgart. In der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. Gedruckt bey Anton Strauß, pages 170-171.

1 Reichardt: "An ä"
2 Schubert: "gsässe"
3 Schubert: "gstande"
4 Hiller: "di Wiese"
5 Goethe (Wien 1816 edition): "zu schön hänt s'"; and Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "zur schön hänts"
6 Goethe (1815 and 1816 edition), and Schubert: "machen"
7 Goethe (1815 and 1816 edition), and Schubert: "lachen"
8 Goethe (1815 and 1816 edition): "machen's"; and Schubert: "machens"

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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 English, a translation by Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860 - 1908) ; composed by Edward Alexander MacDowell.
  • Also set in Swiss German (Schwizerdütsch), [adaptation] ; composed by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zwitsers lied", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "The maiden in the meadow", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "On the hills", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant suisse", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Martin-Beatus Meier , Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 32
Word count: 73

The maiden in the meadow
Language: English  after the Swiss German (Schwizerdütsch) 
On the hillside 
I sat,
Watching 
the birds;
They sang, 
they jumped;
They built 
nests.

In the garden 
I stood,
Watching 
the bees;
They hummed, 
they buzzed,
They built their 
hive.

















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  • Translation from Swiss German (Schwizerdütsch) to English copyright © 2007 by Thomas A. Gregg, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website: 2007-11-07
Line count: 16
Word count: 31