by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by David Paley

Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE ITA POR SPA
Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen,
Bald werden sie wieder nach Hause gelangen,
Der Tag ist schön, o sei nicht bang,
Sie machen nur einen weiten Gang.

Ja wohl, sie sind nur ausgegangen,
Und werden jetzt nach [Haus]1 gelangen,
O, sei nicht bang, der Tag ist schön,
Sie [machen den]2 Gang zu jenen Höh'n.

Sie sind uns nur voraus gegangen,
Und werden nicht [hier]3 nach [Haus]1 verlangen,
Wir holen sie ein auf jenen Höh'n
Im Sonnenschein, der Tag is [schön]4.

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1 Mahler: "Hause"
2 Mahler: "machen nur den"
3 Mahler: "wieder"
4 Mahler: "schön auf jenen Höh'n"


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Sovint penso que només han sortit a fora", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Often I think that they have only stepped out", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "I think they have gone for just a moment", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Spesso penso che siano solo usciti!", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Paulo Albuquerque de Noronha) , "Frequentemente penso que eles só saíram", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "A menudo pienso que sólo han salido un instante", copyright © 2005, (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: 12
Word count: 81

I think they have gone for just a moment
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I think they have gone for just a moment
Soon will they be reaching back homewards in safety
The day is fine. Oh, have no fear:
They merely go on a longer walk.

Indeed, they have but just gone out now,
And will be here at home in a moment
Oh, have no fear, the day is fine;
They merely go to walk on yonder heights.

They have gone out but all too early,
Unable now to find their house and return here.
We'll overtake them on yonder heights
In sun and shine, the day is fine on yonder heights.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-08-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 100