Welcome to the Hampsong Foundation’s song text and translation library. Are you looking for a specific translation of a song into English or German? Or just interested in exploring some of the literary words that have inspired so many composers? You can search the library by composer, song collection/project, or song title. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, check out the amazing websites of some of our colleagues, listed below.
…Music gives us ontological messages which non-musical criticism is unable to contradict, though it may laugh at our foolishness in minding them. There is a verge of the mind which these things haunt; and whispers therefrom mingle with the operations of our understanding. — William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience