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Hektors Abschied

Language: German (Deutsch)

 Will sich Hektor ewig von mir wenden,
 Wo Achill mit [den unnahbar'n]1 Händen
 Dem Patroklus schrecklich Opfer bringt?
 Wer wird künftig deinen Kleinen lehren
 Speere werfen und die Götter ehren,
 Wenn der finstre Orkus dich verschlingt? 

 Theures Weib gebiete deinen Thränen,
 Nach der Feldschlacht ist mein feurig Sehnen,
 Diese Arme schützen [Pergamus]2.
 Kämpfend für den heil'gen Herd der Götter
 Fall ich, und des Vaterlandes Retter
 Steig' ich nieder zu dem styg'schen Fluß.

 Nimmer lausch' ich deiner Waffen Schalle,
 Müßig liegt [dein]3 Eisen in der Halle,
 Priams großer Heldenstamm verdirbt.
 Du wirst hingeh'n wo kein Tag mehr scheinet,
 Der Cocytus durch die Wüsten weinet,
 Deine [Liebe in dem]4 Lethe stirbt.

 All mein Sehnen will ich, all mein Denken,
 In des [Lethe]5 stillen Strom versenken,
 Aber meine Liebe nicht.
 Horch! der Wilde tobt schon an den Mauern,
 Gürte mir das Schwerdt um, laß das Trauern,
 Hektors Liebe stirbt im Lethe nicht.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Erster Theil, Leipzig, 1800, bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 301-302.

First published in a different version in "Die Räuber", act 2, scene 2 (see below).

1 Schubert: "unnahbaren"
2 Schubert (first print 1826, and Neue Gesamtausgabe, second version): "Pergamos"
3 Schubert: "das"
4 Schubert: "Lieb' im"
5 Schubert (manuscript and first print 1826 only): "Lethes"

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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El comiat d’Hèctor", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hectors afscheid", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (T. P. (Peter) Perrin) , "Hector's leave-taking", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'adieu d'Hector", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-08-09 09:51:59
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L'adieu d'Hector

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

Andromaque :
 Hector va-t-il me quitter pour toujours,
 Pendant qu'Achille de ses mains hautaines
 Apporte un sacrifice effrayant à Patrocle ?
 Qui apprendra à ton jeune fils à l'avenir
 À lancer le javelot et à honorer les dieux,
 Quand le sombre Orcus t'enlace ?

Hector :
 Chère femme,retiens  tes larmes !
 Vers la bataille va mon désir ardent,
 Ces bras protègent Pergame.
 En combattant pour la demeure sacrée des dieux
 Je tombe, et en sauveur de la patrie
 Je descends au bord du fleuve Styx.

Andromaque :
 Plus jamais je n'entendrai le bruit de tes armes
 Ton épée reposera inutile dans le hall.
 La grande race héroïque de Priam s'éteint.
 Tu iras là où aucun jour ne brille,
 Le Cocyte pleure à travers les déserts,
 ton amour meurt dans le Léthé.

Hector :
 Tous mes désirs, toutes mes pensées,
 Dans le courant silencieux du Léthé je vais les noyer.
 Mais pas mon amour.
 Écoute ! Déjà les sauvages sont en rage près des murs
 Ceins-moi de l'épée, cesse tes larmes !
 L'amour d'Hector ne périra pas dans le Léthé.

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