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Der Eichwald brauset

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Eichwald [brauset]1,
Die Wolken [ziehn]2,
Das Mägdlein [sitzet]3
An Ufers Grün,
Es bricht sich die Welle mit Macht, mit Macht,
Und sie [seufzt]4 hinaus in die [finstre]5 Nacht,
Das Auge [von]6 Weinen [getrübet]7.

"Das Herz ist gestorben,
Die Welt ist leer,
Und weiter giebt sie
Dem Wunsche nichts mehr.
Du Heilige [rufe]8 dein Kind zurück,
Ich habe genossen das irdische Glück,
Ich habe gelebt und geliebet!"

Es rinnet der Thränen
Vergeblicher Lauf,
Die Klage sie wecket
Die Todten nicht auf,
Doch nenne, was tröstet und heilet die Brust
Nach der süßen Liebe [verschwundener]9 Lust,
Ich, die himmlische, wills nicht versagen.

["]10Laß rinnen der Thränen
Vergeblichen Lauf,
Es wecke die [Klage]11
Den Todten nicht auf,
Das süßeste Glück für die [traurende]12 Brust,
Nach der schönen Liebe [verschwundener]9 Lust,
Sind der Liebe Schmerzen und Klagen.


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F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanzas 1-2
J. Zumsteeg sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1799, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, pages 208-209; with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller. Erster Theil. Leipzig, 1800. bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 67-68; and with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller. Erster Theil. Zweite von neuem durchgesehene Auflage. Leipzig, 1804. bei Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 67-68.

First published 1799 in Schiller's Musen-Almanach, and later, only stanzas 1-2 (with slight textual modifications and a different line break), in Die Piccolomini, act 3, scene 7 (Thekla's song).

1 Schubert (D.191 and D.389): "braust"
2 Schubert (D.6, first occurrence only): "ziehen"
3 Schubert (D.191 and D.389): "sitzt"; Piccolomini edition, used by Felix Mendelssohn, Zumsteeg and Rheinberger: "wandelt"
4 Piccolomini edition, used by Felix Mendelssohn, Zumsteeg: "singt"
5 Randhartinger: "finstere"
6 Schiller (editions from 1810), and Schubert: "vom"
7 Schubert (D.6): "getrübt"
8 Schubert (D.6): "ruf'"
9 Rheinberger: "entschwundener"; Schubert (D.191, second version only): "verschwund'ner"
10 Quotation mark eliminated in Schiller's revised edition of 1804.
11 Rheinberger: "Träne"
12 Schubert (D.191 and D.389), Rheinberger: "trauernde"

Submitted by Richard Morris 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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other 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 © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "The oaks roar, the clouds rush by", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "The maiden's lament", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Plainte de la jeune fille", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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The maiden's lament

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The rumbling forest -- the cloud-darkened skies 
A maid stands alone by the shore of the sea.
The billows are smashing with might so strong
While she cries out her woe - to the gloom of the storm 
Her eyes brimming over - her tears flowing on and on. 
My heart is broken, and dead to the world 
And nothing remains of my joy and desire,
Oh, heavenly father - take home your child - 
My journey in life now is over and done.

My cries in vain, my tears all for naught 
For those who have died cannot ever return -
Oh, tell me what comfort can save my heart,
Now that my loved ones are far and gone.
But one, up in heaven -- will carry me safely home. 

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), "Des Mädchens Klage", written 1798, first published 1799 CAT DAN DUT FRE RUS FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Armand Angyal, Carl Arnold, Ludwig Berger, Carl Czerny, Carl Feininger, Iver Holter, Adolf Jensen, Bernhard Klein, Nikolaus, Freiherr von Krufft, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Heinrich Meyer, Benedikt Randhartinger, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Joseph Rheinberger, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Xaver Sterkel, Maude Valérie White, Hermann Wichmann, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-03-06.
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