by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation Singable translation by Charles Fonteyn Manney (1872 - 1951)

Kennst du das Land? wo die Citronen...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE GRE HUN ITA ITA
Kennst du das Land? wo die Citronen blühn,
Im dunkeln Laub die Gold-Orangen glühn,
Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht, 
Die Myrte still und hoch der Lorbeer steht,
Kennst du es wohl?
                   Dahin! Dahin
Möcht' ich mit dir, o mein Geliebter, ziehn.

Kennst du das Haus? Auf Säulen ruht sein Dach,
Es glänzt der Saal, es schimmert das Gemach,
Und Marmorbilder stehn und sehn mich an:
Was hat man Dir, du armes Kind, gethan?
Kennst du es wohl? 
                   Dahin! Dahin
Möcht' ich mit dir, o mein Beschützer, ziehn.

Kennst du den Berg und seinen Wolkensteg?
Das Maulthier sucht im Nebel seinen Weg;
In [Höhlen]1 wohnt der Drachen alte Brut;
Es stürzt der Fels und über ihn die Flut.
Kennst du [ihn]2 wohl?
                    Dahin! Dahin
Geht unser Weg! o Vater, laß uns ziehn!

A. Berg sets stanza 1

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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, page 177.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Zweyter Band. Frankfurt und Leipzig. 1795, pages 7-8. The poem appears in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (autograph): "Höllen"
2 Schubert: "es"

Note: Spontini adds lines from all the stanzas at the end of his setting:

Dahin mit dir, möcht' ich mit dir,
O mein Geliebter, ziehn,
Dahin mit dir, möcht' ich mit dir,
O mein Beschützer, ziehn,
O Vater, dahin geht unser Weg,
O Vater laß uns ziehn,
Mit dir dahin, dahin mit dir!


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ken je het land?", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , "Knowest thou where?", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Mignon", first published 1907
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "Mignon's song", first published 1911
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2016
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Connais-tu le pays où les citronniers fleurissent", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Conosci tu il paese", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Conosci il paese", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2019-04-27 05:25:03
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Mignon's song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Dost know the land wherein the citrons bloom?
Like gold the orange gleams thro' leafy gloom;
A gentle wind from azure heaven blows,
And with the myrtle high the laurel grows.
Dost know it well?
'Tis there, 'tis there
I would with thee, my dearest one, repair!

Dost know the house?  Great columns bear its walls;
How gay the rooms, how splendid shine the halls!
And marble statues watching silently
Would ask "Poor child, is fate unkind to thee?"
Dost know it well?
'Tis there, 'tis there
I would with thee, protector kind, repair!

Dost know the path along the mountain steep,
Where thro' the mist the patient mules do creep;
In caverns dwell the dragons and their brood.
Down crashing rocks rushes the foaming flood.
Dost know it well?
'Tis there, I know
Our way doth lie; O father let us go!

From Franz Liszt. Thirty Songs. edited by Charles Armbruster. Dover Publications, Inc., New York.

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Text added to the website: 2011-04-07 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-09-17 22:26:00
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