by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Ich stand gelehnet an den Mast
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Ich stand gelehnet an den Mast,
Und zählte jede Welle.
[Ade!]1 mein schönes Vaterland!
Mein Schiff, das segelt schnelle!

Ich kam schön Liebchens Haus vorbei,
Die Fensterscheiben blinken;
Ich [guck']2 mir fast die Augen aus,
Doch will mir niemand winken.

Ihr Tränen, bleibt mir aus dem Aug',
Daß ich nicht dunkel sehe.
[Mein krankes]3 Herze brich mir nicht
Vor allzugroßem Wehe.

F. Kücken sets stanzas 1-2

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1 Lachner: "Leb wohl"
2 Lachner: "schau"
3 Pfitzner: "Du armes"

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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):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Caroline Unger, as Caroline Sabatier-Ungher.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op de boot", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I stood leaning against the mast", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "The voyage"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Voyage en bateau", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

I stood leaning against the mast
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I stood leaning against the mast
and counted every wave.
Adieu, my fair fatherland!
My ship, it sails so swiftly!
 
I passed my fair sweetheart's house,
the windowpanes flashing;
I almost stared my eyes out,
but no one waved to me.
 
You tears, stay away from my eyes,
for you make it too dark to see.
[My sick]1 heart, do not break
from this overwhelming grief.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Pfitzner: "You poor"

Authorship:

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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 66