by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

My Heart's in the Highlands
Language: English 
My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here:
My heart's in the Highlands, a chasing the deer;
[Chasing]1 the wild deer, and following the roe --
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go.
Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birthplace of valour, the country of worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.
 
Farewell to the mountains high [cover’d]2 with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green [valleys]3 below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.
My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a chasing the deer;
[Chasing]1 the wild deer, and following the roe --
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

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Confirmed with The Works of Robert Burns, London: T. Tegg, Cheapside; C. Daly, Red Lion Square, MDCCCXL, page 384.

1 Arditti: "A-chasing"
2 Arditti: "covered"
3 Gade: “vallies” (likely a typo)

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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 Niels Wilhelm Gade.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , "Mein Herz ist im Hochland" ; composed by Otto Claudius, Wilhelm Eckardt, Alexander Fesca, Gustav Flügel, Hans Harthan, Adolf Jensen, Carl August Krebs, Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, Henry Hugo Pierson, Carl Richter, Robert Schumann, Julius Stern.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Friedrich Niggli (1875 - 1959) ; composed by Friedrich Niggli.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by (Johann) Philipp Kaufmann (1802 - 1846) , appears in Gedichte von Robert Burns, first published 1839 ; composed by Otto Dresel, Ferdinand von Hiller.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) , "Mein Herz ist im Hochland", appears in Gedichte, in Robert Burns. Elf Lieder [later 13 Lieder], no. 9[11] ; composed by Otto Baehr, Paul Claussnitzer, Robert Franz, Niels Wilhelm Gade, Wilhelm Kleinecke, Heinrich August Marschner, Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke, Ferdinand Sieber, Hans Sitt, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Mira Mendelson-Prokof'yeva (1915 - 1968) ; composed by Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky.

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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Mé srdce je v horách"
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Jan Kasprowicz) , "Me serce jest w górach", Warsaw, first published 1907


Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 131