You can help us modernize! The present website has been online for a very long time and we want to bring it up to date. As of May 6, we are $2,380 away from our goal of $15,000 to fund the project. The fully redesigned site will be better for mobile, easier to read and navigate, and ready for the next decade. Please give today to join dozens of other supporters in making this important overhaul possible!

The LiederNet Archive

Much of our material is not in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
Printing texts or translations without the name of the author or translator is also illegal.
You must use the copyright symbol © when you reprint copyright-protected material.

For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
Please read the instructions below the translations before writing!
In your e-mail, always include the names of the translators if you wish to reprint something.

Wälze dich hinweg, du wildes Feuer!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wälze dich hinweg, du wildes Feuer!
[Meine]1 Saiten hat ein Gott gekrönt,
Er, mit welchem jedes Ungeheuer,
Und vielleicht die Hölle sich versöhnt.

[Meine]1 Saiten stimmte seine Rechte:
Fürchterliche Schatten, flieht!
Und ihr winselnden Bewohner dieser Nächte,
Horchet auf mein Lied!

Von der Erde, wo die Sonne leuchtet,
Und der stille Mond;
Wo der Thau das junge Mooß befeuchtet,
Wo Gesang im grünen Felde wohnt;

Aus der Menschen süßem Vaterlande,
Wo der Himmel euch so frohe Blicke gab,
Ziehen mich die schönsten Bande,
Ziehet mich die Liebe selbst herab.

Meine Klage tönt in eure Klage:
Weit von hier geflohen ist das Glück;
Aber denkt an jene Tage,
Schaut in jene Welt zurück.

Wenn ihr da nur einen Leidenden umarmtet;
O so fühlt die Wollust noch einmal,
Und der Augenblick, in dem ihr euch erbarmtet,
Lindre diese lange Quaal.

O ich sehe Thränen fließen;
Durch die Finsternisse bricht
[Nun]2 ein Strahl von Hoffnung; ewig büßen
Lassen euch die guten Götter nicht!

Götter, die für euch die Erde schufen,
Werden, aus der tiefen Nacht,
Euch in selige Gefilde rufen,
Wo die Tugend unter Rosen lacht.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

List of language codes

About the headline (FAQ)

View original text (without footnotes)

Confirmed with Sämtliche Werke, von Johann Georg Jacobi. Dritter Theil. Mit gnädigstem Privilegio. Halberstadt, bey Johann Heinrich Gros, Königl. Preuß. privilegierten Buchhändler. 1774, pages 262-263; with Musen-Almanach A. MDCCLXXI [1771] Göttingen, bey J. C. Dieterich, pages 163-165; and with Gedichte von Johann Georg Jacobi. Erster Theil. Wien, 1816. Bey Ch. Kaulfuß & C. Armbruster (Meisterwerke deutscher Dichter und Prosaisten. Sechzehntes Bändchen), pages 75-76.

1 Schubert, and Jacobi (1816 edition, line 2 only): "Diese"
2 omitted by Schubert

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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) , "Orfeu", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Orpheus - Lied van Orpheus toen hij in de onderwereld afdaalde", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Orpheus", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Orphée", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Orfeo", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-08-04 03:25:05

Line count: 32
Word count: 183

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust


Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Back, wild fire!
 These strings were crowned by a god;
 a god with whom every monster,
 and perhaps even Hell is reconciled.
 These strings were tuned with his right hand:
 terrible shades, flee!
 And you, whining dwellers of these nights,
 harken to my song!
 From the earth, where the sun shines
 and the silent moon,
 where dew moistens young moss,
 where Song dwells in green fields;
 from the sweet fatherland of Man,
 where Heaven gives you such cheerful glances,
 I am drawn here by the fairest of threads -
 I am drawn down here by Love itself.
 My laments echoe in your own laments;
 far from you has happiness fled -
 yet think upon those days,
 look back to that world!
 If you embrace just one suffering person,
 o, then you will feel delight one more,
 and the moment in which you pity each other
 will ease your long torment.
 O, I see tears flowing!
 Through the darkness breaks
 a beam of hope; the gods may not
 make you do penance forever.
 The gods, who for you created the earth,
 will, from the deep night,
 summon you to blessed fields,
 where virtue laughs among the roses.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The material directly above is protected by copyright and appears here by special permission. If you wish to copy it and distribute it, you must obtain permission or you will be breaking the law. Once you have permission, you must give credit to the author and display the copyright symbol ©. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense under international law.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

    Translation copyright © by Emily Ezust,
    from the LiederNet Archive --

    For any other purpose, please write to the e-mail address below to request permission and discuss possible fees.

    licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
    (licenses at lieder dot net)

Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Georg Jacobi (1740 - 1814), "Lied des Orpheus, als er in die Hölle gieng", first published 1771 CAT DUT FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:35

Line count: 32
Word count: 197