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Mignons Gesang „Kennst du das Land?“

by Franz Schubert

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Mignons Gesang „Kennst du das Land?“
German source: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn,
Im dunklen 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 Mamorbilder stehn und sehn mich an:
Was hat man dir, du armes Kind, getan?
Kennst du es wohl?
Dahin! Dahin
Möcht’ ich mit dir, o mein Beschützer, ziehn.

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

Mignon's Song ('Do you know the land?')
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Do you know the land where lemon trees blossom;
where golden oranges glow amid dark leaves?
A gentle wind blows from the blue sky,
the myrtle stands silent, the laurel tall:
do you know it?
There, O there
I desire to go with you, my beloved!

Do you know the house? Its roof rests on pillars,
the hall gleams, the chamber shimmers,
and marble statues stand and gaze at me:
what have they done to you, poor child?
Do you know it?
There, O there
I desire to go with you, my protector!

Do you know the mountain and its clouded path?
The mule seeks its way through the mist,
in caves the ancient brood of dragons dwells;
the rock falls steeply, and over it the torrent.
Do you know it?
There, O there
lies our way. O father, let us go!

Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Mignons Gesang „Kennst du das Land?“
German source: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mignon's Song ('Do you know the land?')
English source: Richard Wigmore

Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn,
Do you know the land where lemon trees blossom;
Im dunklen Laub die Gold-Orangen glühn,
where golden oranges glow amid dark leaves?
Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht,
A gentle wind blows from the blue sky,
Die Myrte still und hoch der Lorbeer steht,
the myrtle stands silent, the laurel tall:
Kennst du es wohl?
do you know it?
Dahin! Dahin
There, O there
Möcht’ ich mit dir, o mein Geliebter, ziehn.
I desire to go with you, my beloved!

Kennst du das Haus? Auf Säulen ruht sein Dach,
Do you know the house? Its roof rests on pillars,
Es glänzt der Saal, es schimmert das Gemach,
the hall gleams, the chamber shimmers,
Und Mamorbilder stehn und sehn mich an:
and marble statues stand and gaze at me:
Was hat man dir, du armes Kind, getan?
what have they done to you, poor child?
Kennst du es wohl?
Do you know it?
Dahin! Dahin
There, O there
Möcht’ ich mit dir, o mein Beschützer, ziehn.
I desire to go with you, my protector!

Kennst du den Berg und seinen Wolkensteg?
Do you know the mountain and its clouded path?
Das Maultier sucht im Nebel seinen Weg;
The mule seeks its way through the mist,
In Höhlen wohnt der Drachen alte Brut;
in caves the ancient brood of dragons dwells;
Es stürzt der Fels und über ihn die Flut,
the rock falls steeply, and over it the torrent.
Kennst du ihn wohl?
Do you know it?
Dahin! Dahin
There, O there
Geht unser Weg! o Vater, lass uns ziehn!
lies our way. O father, let us go!

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on…

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