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Auf der Bruck

Language: German (Deutsch)

Frisch trabe sonder Ruh' und Rast,
Mein gutes Roß, durch Nacht und Regen!
Was scheust du dich vor Busch und Ast
Und strauchelst auf den wilden Wegen?
Dehnt auch der Wald sich tief und dicht,
Doch muß er endlich sich erschließen,
Und freundlich wird ein fernes Licht
Uns aus dem dunkeln Thale grüßen.

Wohl könnt' ich über Berg und [Feld]1
Auf deinem schlanken Rücken fliegen
Und mich am bunten Spiel der Welt,
An holden Bildern mich vergnügen;
Manch Auge lacht mir traulich zu
Und beut mit Frieden, Lieb' und Freude,
Und dennoch eil' ich ohne Ruh,
Zurück, zurück zu meinem Leide.

Denn schon drey Tage war ich fern
Von ihr, die ewig mich gebunden;
Drey Tage waren Sonn' und Stern
Und Erd' und Himmel mir verschwunden.
Von Lust und Leiden, die mein Herz
Bey ihr bald heilten, bald zerrissen,
Fühlt' ich drey Tage nur den Schmerz,
Und ach, die Freude mußt' ich missen!

[Drum trabe muthig durch die Nacht!
Und schwinden auch die dunkeln Bahnen,
Der Sehnsucht helles Auge wacht,
Und sicher führt mich süßes Ahnen.]2
Weit sehn wir über Land und See
Zur wärmern Flur den Vogel fliegen;
Wie sollte denn die Liebe je
In ihrem Pfade sich betrügen?

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE GRE ITA

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Confirmed with Ernst Schulze's sämmtliche poetische Schriften. Dritter Band. I. Poetisches Tagebuch. [...] Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1819, pages 74-75; and with Sämmtliche poetische Werke von Ernst Schulze. Neue Ausgabe mit sechszehn Kupfern. Dritter Theil. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1822, pages 75-76.

1 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Tal"
2 Schubert interchanged the first and the last four lines in the third stanza.
Note: "Bruck" is a wooded hilltop resort near Göttingen.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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) , "Damunt el Bruck", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op de Bruck", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Richard Morris) , "At the Bruck", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sur le Bruck", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Στο λόφο Μπρουκ", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sul Bruck [Sul ponte]", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2017-10-07 07:17:49

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At the Bruck

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Trot briskly without rest,
my good horse, through night and through rain!
Why do you shy at bush and branch
and stumble on the wild paths?
Though the forest stretches deep and dense,
it must finally open up;
and a distant light will greet us kindly
out of the dark valley.

I can fly over mountain and field
on your slender back
and enjoy the world's 
colourful vistas.
Many an eye laughs intimately at me,
with peace, love and joy;
and yet I hurry without rest,
back to my grief.

For three days now I have been far away
from her to whom I am eternally bound;
For three days sun and star
and earth and heavens were missing for me.
Of the delight and grief,
that when I was with her, now healed, now tore my heart,
for three days I have only felt the pain,
and oh!, the joy I had to miss!

We see the bird fly far over land and sea
to warm pastures;
How then should love ever
deceive itself in its path?
So trot bravely through the night!
Although the dark tracks may fade,
the bright eye of yearning still watches,
and sweet foreboding guides me safely.

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