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Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein Fräulein klagt' im finstern Thurm,
Am Seegestad' erbaut.
Es rauscht' und heulte Wog' und Sturm
In ihres Jammers Laut.

Rosalia von Montanvert
Hieß manchem Troubadour,
Und einem ganzen Ritterheer
Die Krone der Natur.

Doch ehe noch ihr Herz die Macht
Der süßen Minn' empfand,
Erlag der Vater in der Schlacht
Am Sarazenenstrand.

Der Ohm, ein Ritter Manfry, ward
Zum Schirmvogt ihr bestellt;
Dem lacht' ins Herz, wie Felsen hart,
Des Fräuleins Gut und Geld.

Bald überall im Lande ging
Die Trauerkund' umher:
»Des Todes kalte Nacht [umfieng]1
Die Rose Montanvert.«

Ein schwarzes Todtenfähnlein wallt
Hoch auf des Fräuleins Burg;
Die dumpfe Leichenglocke schallt
Drei Tag' und Nächt' hindurch.

Auf ewig hin, auf ewig todt,
O Rose Montanvert!
[Nun]2 milderst du der Wittwe Noth,
Der Waise Schmerz nicht mehr.

So klagt' einmüthig Alt und Jung,
Den Blick von Thränen schwer,
Vom Frühroth bis zur Dämmerung,
Die Rose Montanvert.

Der Ohm in einem Thurm sie barg
Erfüllt mit Moderduft.
Drauf senkte man den leeren Sarg
Wohl in der Väter Gruft.

Das Fräulein horchte, still und bang,
Der Priester Litaney'n;
Trüb' in des Kerkers Gitter drang
Der Fackeln rother Schein.

Sie ahnte schaudernd ihr Geschick,
Ihr ward so [dumpf und schwer]3;
[Im Todesgraun]4 erstarb ihr Blick,
Sie sank und war nicht mehr.

Des Thurms Ruinen an der See
Sind heute noch zu schaun.
Den Wandrer faßt in ihrer Näh'
Ein wundersames Graun.

Auch mancher Hirt verkündet euch,
Daß er, bey Nacht, allda
Oft, einer Silberwolke gleich,
Das Fräulein schweben sah.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Matthisson. Fünfte vermehrte Auflage. Zürich, bei Orell, Füssli und Compagnie. 1802, pages 283-286; with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 101-104; and with Gedichte von Matthisson. Neueste verbesserte Auflage. Wien und Prag bey Franz Haas 1810, pages 231-233.

Note: Matthisson changed the name Montanvert into Mortimer in the Tübingen 1811 and the Zürich 1831 editions, and used the title Das Fräulein im Thurme, subtitle Romanze, in the Tübingen edition.

1 Matthisson (Wien 1810 edition), and Schubert: "empfing"
2 Schubert (2nd version): "Jetzt"
3 Schubert (1st version): "dumpf, so schwer"; Schubert (2nd version): "dumpf, ihr ward so schwer"
4 Matthisson (Wien 1810 edition), and Schubert: "Im Todesgram"; Matthisson (Tübingen 1811 edition), and Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "In Todesnacht"

Submitted by Melanie Trumbull and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Romança", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Romance", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Romance", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Romance", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A maiden was lamenting in a dark tower,
built on the edge of a lake.
The waves and storm roared and howled
along with the sound of her mourning.

Rosalia of Montanvert
was named by many troubadors
and an entire host of knights
the crown of nature.

But before her heart could feel the power
of sweet love,
her father died in battle
on a Saracen shore.

Her uncle, a knight named Manfry, was
made her guardian;
it gladdened his heart, as hard as rock,
to think of the maiden's goods and gold.

Soon everywhere in the land went
the sad news:
"The cold night of death has surrounded
the rose of Montanvert."

A black squad of death seethes
high above the maiden's castle:
the dull churchbells announce her death
for three days and nights.

Forever gone, forever dead,
O rose of Montanvert!
Now you will no longer mitigate the sufferings of widows
and the pain of orphans!

So old and young unanimously mourn,
their expressions heavy with tears,
from dawn to dusk,
the rose of Montanvert.

Her uncle hid her in a tower,
filled with moldy air!
Then they lowered the empty coffin
into her father's crypt.

Silent and anxious, the maiden heard
the litany of the priests,
dimly through the dungeon's bars penetrated
the red gleam of torches.

She sensed with horror her fate;
she grew numb and sad,
and her eyes grew dim in the night of death;
she sank and was no more.

The tower's ruins by the lake
are still to be seen today;
When he nears them, the wanderer is gripped 
by an eerie terror.

Also, many a shepherd will declare
that at night he often sees
a silver cloud high up,
and the maiden drifting there.

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