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Die Vaterstadt, wie find ich sie doch? Folgend den Bomberschwärmen Komm ich nach Haus. [Wo denn liegt sie? Wo]1 die ungeheueren Gebirge von Rauch stehn. Das in den Feuern dort Ist sie. Die Vaterstadt, wie empfängt sie mich wohl? Vor mir kommen die Bomber. Tödliche Schwärme Melden euch meine Rückkehr. Feuersbrünste [Gehen]2 dem Sohn voraus.
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Confirmed with Die Gedichte von Bertolt Brecht in einem Band, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1981 (Neunte Auflage 1997), page 8581 Eisler: "Wo liegt sie mir? Dort, wo die ungeheueren"
2 Eisler: "Gehn"
- by Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956), "Rückkehr" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Hanns Eisler (1898 - 1962), "Die Heimkehr", 1943, from Hollywooder Liederbuch, no. 45 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Eduard Steuermann (1892 - 1964), "Die Rückkehr", 1945, from Brecht-Lieder [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Auditorium du Louvre , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
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My native city, in what sort of state do I find it? Following the swarms of bombers, I return home. Where then is [my city]? [Where]1 the ominous Mountains of smoke stand, There in the fires, There it is. My native city, how will it receive me? Before me come the bombers. Deadly swarms Announce my return to you. Raging fires Precede the son.
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"Rückkehr" = "Return"
"Die Heimkehr" = "The homecoming"
1 Eisler: "There, where"
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2010 by Sharon Krebs, (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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