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Auf der Wanderung (1878)

Auf der Wanderung

Über die Hügel
Und über die Berge hin
Sing' ich und ruf' ich,
Wie glücklich ich bin.
Sonniges Wetter,
Rauschende Blätter,
Vogelgeschmetter,
Wonnige Lust!
Dörfer und Mühlen,
Wälder und grüne Au'n,
Schlösser und Burgen,
Lieblich zu schaun,
Freundliche Städtchen,
Niedliche Mädchen:
Gretchen und Kätchen,
Kennst du mich noch?
Warum nicht kennen?
Willkommen in unsrem Land!
Bist mir willkommen,
Und reich mir die Hand!
Lasst uns dann singen,
Tanzen und springen,
Lustig uns schwingen,
Kirmes ist heut'!
Lustig das Leben
Zu Fuss mit dem Wanderstab
Über die Berge,
Hinauf und herab!
Sonniges Wetter,
Rauschende Blätter,
Vogelgeschmetter,
Wonnige Lust!

On a walk

Over the hills
And over the mountains
I sing and cry out
How happy I am.
Sunny weather,
Rustling leaves,
Carolling birds,
Rapturous delight!
Villages and mills,
Woods and green meadows,
Castles and palaces,
Fair to the eye,
Friendly small towns,
Pretty girls:
Gretel and Katy,
Do you remember me?
Why do you not?
Welcome to our land!
You are welcome,
So give me your hand!
Then let us sing,
Dance and leap,
Let us make merry,
Today is the fair!
Life is fun,
To hike with a staff
Over the mountains,
Up hill and down dale!
Sunny weather,
Rustling leaves,
Carolling birds,
Rapturous delight!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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Poet

August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben  was a German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany, and a number of popular children's songs, considered part of the Young Germany movement.

Hoffmann was born in Fallersleben in Lower Saxony, then in the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

The son of a merchant and mayor of his native city, he was educated at the classical schools of Helmstedt and Braunschweig, and afterwards at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn. His original intention was to study theology, but he soon devoted himself entirely to literature. In 1823 he was appointed custodian of the university library at Breslau, a post which he held till 1838. He was also made extraordinary professor of the German language and literature at that university in 1830, and ordinary professor in 1835. Hoffmann was deprived of his chair in 1842 in consequence of his Unpolitische Lieder (1840–1841, "Unpolitical Songs"), which gave much offence to the authorities in Prussia.

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