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Auf der Donau

Language: German (Deutsch)

Auf der Wellen Spiegel
Schwimmt der Kahn.
Alte Burgen ragen
Himmelan;
Tannenwälder rauschen
[Geistergleich -]1
Und das Herz im Busen
Wird uns weich.

Denn der Menschen Werke
Sinken all';
Wo ist [Thurm und]2 Pforte,
Wo der Wall,
Wo sie selbst, die Starken?
Erzgeschirmt,
Die in Krieg und Jagden
Hingestürmt.

Trauriges Gestrüppe
Wuchert fort,
Während frommer Sage
Kraft verdorrt.
Und im kleinen Kahne
Wird uns bang -
Wellen droh'n, wie Zeiten,
Untergang.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, pages 18-19; and with Mahlerisches Taschenbuch für Freunde interessanter Gegenden Natur- und Kunst Merkwürdigkeiten der Österreichischen Monarchie. Sechster Jahrgang. Wien, 1818. Im Verlage bey Anton Doll, pages 1-2.

1 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Geistern gleich,"
2 Schubert: "Thurm, wo"

Submitted by Richard Morris 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) , "Al Danubi", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op de Donau", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "On the Danube", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sur le Danube", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sul Danubio", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Op de Donau

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Op de golvenspiegel 
drijft de boot,
Oude burchten rijzen 
hemelhoog,
Sparrenwouden ruisen 
spookachtig,
En ons hart van binnen 
huivert licht.

Want het mensenwerk toont 
diep verval:
'k Zie geen poort, geen toren 
en geen wal,
Noch hen zelf, de sterken, 
staalbeschut,
Ooit in jacht en oorlog 
aangerukt. Niets. Niets.

Treurigmakend groeisel 
woekert voort,
Waar de kracht van sagen 
wordt gesmoord.
In het kleine bootje 
zijn wij bang,
't Water dreigt, als Tijd, 
met ondergang.


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Text added to the website: 2005-12-01.
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