by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Da droben auf jenem Berge
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA ITA RUS
Da droben auf jenem Berge,
Da steh' ich tausendmal,
An meinem Stabe [gebogen]1
Und [schaue]2 hinab in das Thal.

Dann folg' ich der weidenden Herde,
Mein Hündchen bewahret mir sie.
Ich bin herunter gekommen
Und weiß doch selber nicht wie.

Da [stehet]3 von schönen Blumen
[Die]4 ganze Wiese so voll.
Ich breche sie, ohne zu wissen,
Wem ich sie geben soll.

Und Regen, Sturm und Gewitter
[Verpass']5 ich unter dem Baum.
Die Thüre dort bleibet verschlossen;
[Doch]6 alles ist leider ein Traum.

Es stehet ein Regenbogen
Wohl über jenem Haus!
Sie aber ist [weggezogen]7,
[Und]8 weit in das Land hinaus.

Hinaus in das Land und weiter,
Vielleicht gar über die See.
Vorüber, ihr Schafe, [vorüber]9!
Dem Schäfer ist gar so weh.

F. Holstein sets stanzas 3-?

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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, pages 94-95, and with Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1804, Herausgegeben von Wieland und Goethe, Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, pages 113-114.

1 Schubert: "hingebogen"; Zelter: "bogen"
2 Schubert (only second version): "sehe"
3 Schubert (only second version): "steht"
4 Schubert: "Da steht die"
5 Zelter: "Vergeß'"
6 Schubert (only second version): "Und"
7 Schubert: "fortgezogen"; Zelter: "weg gezogen"
8 Schubert (only second version): "Gar"
9 Schubert: "nur vorüber"

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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)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Klaaglied van de herder", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "High upon that mountain", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Leon Malinofsky) , "Shepherd's lament", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Complainte du berger", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Su quella montagna lassù", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Elegia del pastore", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Elena Kalinina) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-04-12 05:42:56
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Word count: 121

High upon that mountain
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
High upon that mountain,
I have stood a thousand times,
bowed over my staff
and gazing down into the valley.

I have followed my grazing flock,
my hound standing guard for me.
I have come down somehow
and I do not myself know how.

Full of lovely flowers stands
the whole meadow.
I pick them without knowing
whom I should give them to.

And rain, storm and thunder -
beneath the tree I wait for it to pass.
The door there remains closed,
for all is unfortunately a dream.

There stands a rainbow
arching over that house!
But she has gone,
and far away to distant reaches.

To distant reaches and further,
perhaps even across the sea.
It's all over, my sheep, it is simply all over!
It is such woe for your shepherd.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2016-07-25 17:07:48
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Word count: 134