by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation Singable translation by John Bernhoff (flourished 1906-1908)

Kennst du das Land? wo die Citronen...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE GRE HUN ITA ITA
Kennst du das Land? wo die Citronen blühn,
Im dunkeln Laub die Gold-Orangen glühn,
Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht, 
Die Myrte still und hoch der Lorbeer steht,
Kennst du es wohl?
                   Dahin! Dahin
Möcht' ich mit dir, o mein Geliebter, ziehn.

Kennst du das Haus? Auf Säulen ruht sein Dach,
Es glänzt der Saal, es schimmert das Gemach,
Und Marmorbilder stehn und sehn mich an:
Was hat man Dir, du armes Kind, gethan?
Kennst du es wohl? 
                   Dahin! Dahin
Möcht' ich mit dir, o mein Beschützer, ziehn.

Kennst du den Berg und seinen Wolkensteg?
Das Maulthier sucht im Nebel seinen Weg;
In [Höhlen]1 wohnt der Drachen alte Brut;
Es stürzt der Fels und über ihn die Flut.
Kennst du [ihn]2 wohl?
                    Dahin! Dahin
Geht unser Weg! o Vater, laß uns ziehn!

A. Berg sets stanza 1

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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 177.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Zweyter Band. Frankfurt und Leipzig. 1795, pages 7-8. The poem appears in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (autograph): "Höllen"
2 Schubert: "es"

Note: Spontini adds lines from all the stanzas at the end of his setting:

Dahin mit dir, möcht' ich mit dir,
O mein Geliebter, ziehn,
Dahin mit dir, möcht' ich mit dir,
O mein Beschützer, ziehn,
O Vater, dahin geht unser Weg,
O Vater laß uns ziehn,
Mit dir dahin, dahin mit dir!


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ken je het land?", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , "Knowest thou where?", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Mignon", first published 1907
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "Mignon's song", first published 1911
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2016
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Connais-tu le pays où les citronniers fleurissent", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Conosci tu il paese", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Conosci il paese", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2019-04-27 05:25:03
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Mignon
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Knowst thou the land where citron-blossoms blow,
in shaded grove the golden orange glows,
where fragrant zephyrs wafting o'er the sky,
scarce stir the myrtle, fan the laurel high?
Knowst thou the land?
'Tis there, 'tis there,
I long to go with thee, beloved one, there!

Knowst thou the house? On towering pillars raised,
its glittering halls with thousand colours blaze,
and marble statues stand and gaze at me:
What have they done, poor child, poor child, to thee?
Knowst thou the house?
'Tis there! 'tis there
I long to go with thee, beloved one, there!

Knowst thou the mount, whose clouds shut out the day?
The mule thro' mist and darkness seeks its way,
in caverns lurks the dragons' ancient brood,
o'erthrowing rocks, down foams the roaring flood:
Knowst thou the mount? Knowst thou it, say!
'Tis there! 'tis there
we'll find our home, o father, let us roam!

From the Wolff score.

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Text added to the website: 2009-07-16 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:18
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Word count: 150