by Ricarda Octavia Huch (1864 - 1947)
Translation © by John Glenn Paton

Um bei dir zu sein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Um bei dir zu sein,
Trüg ich Not und Fährde,
Ließ ich Freund und Haus
Und die Fülle der Erde.

Mich verlangt nach dir,
Wie die Flut nach dem Strande,
Wie die Schwalbe im Herbst
Nach dem südlichen Lande;

Wie den Alpsohn heim,
Wenn er denkt, Nachts alleine
An die Berge voll Schnee
Im Mondenscheine.

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

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Longing", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Langueur", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 55

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In order to be with you,
I bore need and danger,
left friends and home
and the abundance of the earth.

I long for you
as the tide for the shore,
as the swallow in autumn
longs for southern lands,

as the son of the Alps longs for home,
when he thinks alone
about the mountains covered with snow
in the moonlight.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by John Glenn Paton, (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: 2009-07-20
Line count: 12
Word count: 62