Die Heimat

Sechs Hölderlin Fragmente Six Hölderlin Fragments


Happy the boatman returns home to the quiet river
From far off islands where he took his harvest.
Well would I, too, like to come home;
Yet what have I ever reaped but sorrow?
River banks whose delights nurtured me,
Can you soothe love’s sorrow? And can you,
Forests of my childhood, when I arrive,
Restore to me that peace?