by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Hoch auf dem alten Thurme steht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Hoch auf dem alten Thurme steht
Des Helden edler Geist,
Der, wie das Schiff vorübergeht,
Es wohl zu [fahren]1 heißt.

"Sieh, diese [Senne]2 war so stark,
Dieß Herz so fest und wild,
Die Knochen voll von Rittermark,
Der Becher angefüllt;

"Mein halbes Leben stürmt' ich fort,
Verdehnt' die Hälft' in Ruh,
Und du, du Menschen-Schifflein dort,
Fahr' immer, immer zu!"

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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, page 106, and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, page 149.

1 Reichardt: "führen"
2 outdated for "Sehne"

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Groet van de geest", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Ghost-Greetings", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Salut d'un fantôme", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-05-11 14:20:51
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Salut d'un fantôme
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
En‑haut de la vieille tour se tient
Le noble fantôme d'un héros
Qui, lorsque passe un bateau,
Lui souhaite un bon voyage.

«Vois, ce bras était si fort,
Ce cœur si ferme et sauvage,
Les os plein de noble moelle
La coupe pleine ;

La moitié de ma vie j'ai bataillé,
Passé l'autre moitié au repos,
Et toi là-bas, petit bateau des hommes,
Poursuis ta route, toujours, toujours !»

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Text added to the website: 2009-01-17 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:04
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Word count: 69