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Heimwee

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My siel is siek van heimwee,
Van heimwee na die see,
Die blou lug op die branders,
Wat jou weer lewe gee,
Die horizon van water,
Van water, lig en lug,
Die soutbries in jou longe,
Die seevoëls in hul vlug.

Ek's moeg van die stadsgewemel,
Rumoer en stof en skyn,
Van mense sonder siele en geeste voos verfyn.
Dreun deur my hart, O branders !
Beuk in my bors, jul lied.
Lag horison van water,
Verdryf die fel verdriet!
Want O, die soutbries roep weer,
Die stem wat lewe gee.

Klim uit my siek verlange, en heimwee na die see.
Klim uit my siek verlange, en heimwee na die see.

My soul is sick of longing
Of longing for the sea
The blue sky on the waves
That gives you life again
The horizon of water
Of water, light and air
The salty breeze in your lungs
The seagulls in their flight.

I'm tired of city swarming
Noise and dust and pretense
Of people without souls and ghosts sickly refined
Rumble through my heart, oh waves!
Beat inside my chest, your song.
Laugh horizon of water
Drive away the fierce grief!
Oh because, the salty breeze is calling again
The voice that gives life.

Climb out of my sick longing and nostalgia for the sea.
Climb out of my sick longing and nostalgia for the sea.

(Thanks to Johannette for the English translation)