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For leagues along the watery way

Language: English

For leagues along the watery way,
Through gulph and stream my course has been;
The hillows know my Runic lay,
And smooth'd their crests to silent green.

The hillows know my Runic lay, -
The gulph grows smooth, the stream is still;
But human hearts, more wild than they,
Know but the rule of wayward will.

One hour is mine, in all the year,
To tell my woes, - and one alone;
When gleams this magic lamp, 'tis here, -
When dies the mystic light, 'tis gone.

Daughters on northern Magnus, hail!
The lamp is lit, the flame is clear, -
To you I come to tell my tale,
Awake, arise, my tale to hear! -


Translation(s): GER

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Confirmed with The Pirate. By the Author of "Waverley, Kenilworth," &c. In three volumes. Vol. II. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. and Hurst, Robinson, and Co., London. 1822, page 126.

Note: The poem appears as Norna's song in the 19th chapter (denominated "Chapter VI.") of Walter Scott's novel.


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Text added to the website: 2003-11-07.
Last modified: 2017-10-25 10:48:48
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Mich führt mein Weg wohl meilenlang

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Mich führt mein Weg wohl meilenlang
Durch Golf und Strom und Wassergrab,
Die Welle kennt den Runensang
Und glättet sich zum Spiegel ab.

Die Welle kennt den Runensang,
Der Golf wird glatt, der Strom [ist]1 still;
Doch Menschenherz, im wilden Drang,
Es weiß nicht, was es selber will.

Nur eine Stund' ist mir vergönnt,
In Jahresfrist, zum Klageton:
Sie schlägt, wenn diese Lampe brennt -
Ihr Schein [erlischt]2 - sie ist entflohn.

Heil, Magnus Töchter, fort und fort!
Die Lampe brennt in tiefer Ruh;
Euch gönn' ich dieser Stunde Wort -
Erwacht, erhebt Euch, hört mir zu!


Translation(s): CAT DUT FRE

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Confirmed with Der Pirat. Aus dem Englischen des Walter Scott, übersetzt von S. H. Spiker. Zweiter Band. Berlin, bei Duncker und Humblot. 1822, pages 150-151.

1 Schubert: "wird"
2 Schubert: "verlischt"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-11-07.
Last modified: 2017-10-25 09:50:11
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