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Language: German (Deutsch)

Mir ist so wohl, so weh
Am stillen Erlafsee.
Heilig Schweigen
In Fichtenzweigen.
Der [dunkle]1 Schooß;
Nur der Wolken Schatten flieh'n
[Überm glatten]2 Spiegel hin.

Feenbild, was willst du mir,
So [umschwebst]3 du mich auch hier?
Weiche aus dem Land der Hirten.
Hier gedeihen keine Myrthen;
Schilfgras nur und Tannenwucht
Kränzen diese stille Bucht.

Frische Winde
Kräuseln linde
Das Gewässer;
Und der Sonne
[Güldne]4 Krone
Flimmert blässer.

Ach, weine nicht, du süßes Bild!
Der Wellendrang ist bald gestillt,
Und glatter See, und Lüfte lau,
Erheitern dich, du Wunderfrau.

Des Sees Rand
Umschlingt ein Band,
Aus [lichtem]5 Grün gewunden:
[Es ist der Fluß,
der]6 treiben muß
Die Sägemühlen unten.

Unwillig krümmt er sich am Steg
Von seiner schönen Mutter weg,
Und fließt zu fernen Gründen.
Wirst, Liebe! auch mit [holder]7 Hand,
Des Sängers ernstes Felsenland,
Mit Blüthenroth umwinden?


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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 3

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, pages 94-95; 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 185-186.

1 Schubert; and Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "blaue"
2 Schubert: "Überm dunklen"; Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Über'n glatten"
3 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "umspinnst"
4 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Goldne"
5 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "hellem"
6 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Das Band, ein Fluß / Dann"
7 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "milder"

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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) , "El llac Erlaf", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Erlafmeer", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Lake Erlaf", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Erlafsee", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Lake Erlaf", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le lac Erlaf", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il lago Erlaf", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Le lac Erlaf

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

Je suis si heureux, si triste
Au bord du lac Erlaf ;
Le saint silence
Dans les branches de l'épicéa,
Sans mouvement
Les profondeurs bleus,
Avec seulement l'ombre des nuages planant
Au-dessus du miroir lisse,

Des vents frais
Gentiment ondulent
Les eaux
Et le soleil
Avec sa couronne dorée
Scintille, plus pâle.

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