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Im kalten, rauhen Norden

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im kalten, rauhen Norden
Ist Kunde mir geworden
Von [einer]1 Sonnenstadt.
Wo weilt das Schiff, wo [winkt]2 der Pfad,
Die mich zu [ihren]3 Hallen tragen?
Von Menschen konnt' ich nichts erfragen, -
Im Zwiespalt waren sie [verloren]4.
Zur Blume, die sich Helios erkoren,
Die ewig in sein Antlitz blickt,
Wandt' ich mich nun, - und ward entzückt:

»Wende, so wie ich, zur Sonne
Deine [Blicke]5! Dort ist Wonne,
Dort ist Leben; 
Treu ergeben,
Pilg're zu, und zweifle nicht;
Ruhe findest du im Licht;
Licht erzeuget alle Gluten, -
Hoffnungspflanzen, Thatenfluten!«

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Neue Sammlung. Aus dessen Nachlasse mit Biographie und Vorwort herausgegeben von Ernst Freih. v. Feuchtersleben. Wien, 1843. Verlag von Ignaz Klang, Buchhändler, pages 195-196.

Note: Schubert received Mayrhofer's texts in handwriting; the manuscripts of his cycle Heliopolis, dedicated to Franz von Schober, are preserved in the Vienna City Library. The printed edition of Mayrhofer's poems appeared much later and presents the texts in a revised version. This poem (originally no. 5 of the cycle) is now no. 1 of the cycle in the printed edition. Here the cycle is preceded by a motto:

Ein altes Thema, vorgetragen
In grauen Zeiten, laß uns variiren!
Wir dürfen, wenn wir auch Ikarisiren -
Uns öfters noch zur Sonne wagen!

1 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "einer Stadt, der"
2 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "ist"
3 Schubert: "jenen"
4 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "verworren"
5 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "Augen"

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)

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
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Dans le nord froid, rude

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Dans le nord froid, rude
Une nouvelle m'est arrivée
D'une ville, la ville du soleil.
Où attend le bateau, où est le sentier
Pour m'amener à ces halls ?
Des hommes je ne pourrais rien établir,
En discorde ils seraient embrouillés.
À la fleur, qui a choisi elle-même Hélios,
Et qui regarde toujours vers son visage,
Je me suis tourné, et j'ai été enchanté.

"Tourne, comme je le fais, vers le soleil
Tes yeux ! Là est le bonheur,
Là est la vie ; fidèlement dévoué,
Pars en pèlerinage et ne doute pas ;
La paix, tu la découvriras dans la lumière.
La lumière engendre tous les feux,
Les plants de l'espoir, les flux d'actions.

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Note: this is a translation of Schubert's sung text.

Translation of title "Aus Heliopolis I" = "D'Héliopolis I"


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