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.
Throughout all the Sorrow Songs there breathes a hope–a faith in the ultimate justice of things…..that sometime, somewhere, men will judge by their souls and not by their skins. Is such a hope justified? Do the Sorrow Songs sing true? — W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk