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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Switzerland
The Song of the Mountaineer
Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787–1862)
 
Anonymous translation

UPON the fells my flocks I tend;
My gaze on lordly towers I bend:
Here first the morning sun doth gleam;
Here rests his latest evening beam.
          I am the son of the mountain.        5
 
The mighty river’s course is here,
From the rock I drink it cold and clear:
It dashes headlong down; below,
With brawny arm I breast its flow.
          I am the son of the mountain.        10
 
The lofty mountain is my realm,
Here tempests wildly round me whelm;
From north to south they howl along,
But o’er them all resounds my song:
          I am the son of the mountain.        15
 
Beneath I see the lightnings flash;
Beneath I hear the thunders crash;
I know them, and aloud I call:
“Leave ye in peace my father’s hall,
          I am the son of the mountain.”        20
 
And when the tocsin soundeth shrill,
And beacons blaze on every hill,
Then I descend, and join the ranks,
And shout, while loud my broadsword clanks:
          “I am the son of the mountain.”        25
 
 
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