Relatively little is known about this text, who its author is, or what the source is. It was written in 1782, in Vienna, and is one of Mozart's first vocal works to be written in German. The text gives very few clues, and it could be either a text from an opera libretto, a poem, or written to commemorate a specific occasion. The latter two options seem more likely, as there is no name given to the character, and the mood remains constant, unlike most of Mozart's arias written to operatic texts. The fact that it is a woman artist of some kind thanking her patrons adds to the mystery--what is her field, and who is she thanking?
The singer thanks her patrons for their help and generosity, and assures them that she will never forget their kindness. She tells them that like the Muses and all artists, she leads a roving life, far away from her native land, but declares that her heart will always remain with her gracious patrons.
The aria has a charming, graceful melody that perfectly fits the mood of the text. The frequent pizzicatos (plucking of the stringed instruments) in the orchestra accentuate the flowing lyricism of the vocal part, and the total effect is quite lovely.