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Atys

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Knabe seufzt übers grüne Meer,
[Am dämmernden]1 Ufer kam er her.
Er wünscht sich mächtige Schwingen:
Die sollten ihn [zum heimischen]2 Land,
Woran ihn ewige Sehnsucht mahnt,
Im rauschenden Fluge bringen.

"O Heimweh! unergründlicher Schmerz,
[Was]3 folterst du das junge Herz;
Kann Liebe dich nicht verdrängen?
[Du willst]4 die Frucht, die herrlich reift,
Die Gold und flüssiger Purpur streift,
Mit tödtlichem Feuer versengen?

Ich [liebe und]5 rase, ich hab' sie gesehn,
Die Lüfte durchschnitt sie im Sturmeswehn
Auf [Löwen gezogenem]6 Wagen,
Ich mußte [flehen]7; o nimm mich mit!
Mein Leben ist düster und abgeblüht;
Wirst du meine Bitte versagen?

"Sie schaute mit gütigem Lächeln [mich an]8;
Nach Thracien [trug]9 uns das Löwengespann,
Da dien' ich als Priester, ihr eigen.
Den Rasenden [kränzet]10 ein seliges Glück:
Der Aufgewachte schaudert zurück -
Kein Gott will sich hülfreich erzeigen.

Dort, hinter [Gebirgen]11, im scheidenden Strahl
Des Abends, entschlummert mein väterlich Thal;
O wär' ich jenseits der Wellen!"
[So]12 seufzet der Knabe, doch Cymbelgetön
Verkündet die Göttin; er stürzt von Höh'n
[Zu Gründen und waldigen]13 Stellen.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, pages 156-157.

Note: Schubert received Mayrhofer's texts generally in handwriting; the printed edition of Mayrhofer's poems appeared much later and presents the texts usually in a revised version.

1 Schubert: "Vom fernenden"
2 Schubert: "ins heimische"
3 Schubert: "Wie"
4 Schubert: "So willst du"
5 Schubert: "liebe, ich"
6 Schubert: "löwengezogenem"
7 Schubert: "flehn"
8 Schubert: "zurück"
9 Schubert: "zog"
10 Schubert: "kränzt"
11 Schubert: "den Bergen"
12 omitted by Schubert
13 Schubert: "In Gründe und waldige"
Note: In the poem by Catullus, he is metamorphosed by Cybele into a fir-tree.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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) , "Atis", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Atys", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Atys", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Atys", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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