March 17th, 2008


Music quiz answers #4

Blest, I may now look on thee, oh, my native land,
And gladly greet thy pleasant pastures;
Now I lay my pilgrim's staff aside to rest,
Because, faithful to God, I have completed my pilgrimage!

Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen,
und grüßen froh deine lieblichen Auen;
nun lass' ich ruhn den Wanderstab,
weil Gott getreu ich gepilgert hab'.

Full lyrics

Answer: Richard Wagner. Gesang der Älteren Pilger (Song of the Old Pilgrims, a.k.a. Pilgrims' Chorus), from Tannhäuser, 1845.

Where you've probably heard it: The tune was used for "Return My Love" and the closing scene in the famous Bugs Bunny short, What's Opera, Doc? (Wikipedia list of other Wagner music in the short)

Feudalism: Serf & Turf