by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Under the wide and starry sky
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER ITA
Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie;
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

Here may the winds about me blow,
Here the sea may come and go
Here lies peace  forevermo'
And the heart for aye shall be still.

This be the verse you grave for me:
"Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."

J. Rogers sets stanzas 1, 3
B. Fairchild sets stanzas 1, 3
D. Steele sets stanzas 1, 3

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Note: Steele changes "longed" to "long'd" in the last stanza.


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

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Grabschrift", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Requiem", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 84

Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Unter dem Sternenhimmel weit
Grabt mein Grab für die Ewigkeit.
Hab' gern gelebt, war zum Sterben bereit
Und legt' mich zum Schlaf unverzagt.

Dies sei der Vers, den ihr schreibt hierher:
Hier ruh' ich nun, wo zu ruh'n ich begehr;
Heim kam der Seemann, heim von dem Meer
Und der Jäger heim von der Jagd.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-26
Line count: 8
Word count: 55