by Klaus Groth (1819 - 1899)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

O wüßt ich doch den Weg zurück
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
O wüßt ich doch den Weg zurück,
Den lieben Weg zum Kinderland!
O warum sucht' ich nach dem Glück
Und ließ der Mutter Hand?

O wie mich sehnet auszuruhn,
Von keinem Streben aufgeweckt,
Die müden Augen zuzutun,
Von Liebe sanft bedeckt!

Und nichts zu forschen, nichts zu spähn,
Und nur zu träumen leicht und lind;
Der Zeiten Wandel nicht zu sehn,
Zum zweiten Mal ein Kind!

O zeig mir doch den Weg zurück,
Den lieben Weg zum Kinderland!
Vergebens such ich nach dem Glück,
Ringsum ist öder Strand!

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Authorship

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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Heimwee II", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 2019
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Mal du pays II", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Nostalgia II", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 88

Oh if only I knew the way back
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh if only I knew the way back,
The well-loved road to the land of childhood!
Oh why did I seek my fortune
And leave my mother's hand?

Oh how I yearn to have a rest,
Not to be awakened for striving,
To close my weary eyes,
To be covered gently with love!

And to quest for nothing, to spy on nothing,
And only to dream, simply and gently,
Not to notice the alterations of Time,
But to be for a second time, a child!

Oh, show me then the way back,
The well-loved road to the land of childhood!
In vain I seek my fortune,
All around me is desolate sand!

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Translation of title "Heimweh II" = "Homesickness II"


Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2019 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 112