Translation by Edmund von Harold, Baron (1737 - 1808)

Bend forward from your clouds
Language: English 
Bend forward from your clouds,
ghosts of my fathers! bend.
Lay by the red terror of your course.
Receive the falling chief;
whether he comes from a distant land,
or rises from the rolling sea.
Let his robe of mist be near;
his spear that is formed of a cloud.
Place an half-extinguished meteor by his side,
in the form of the hero's sword.
And, oh! let his countenance be lovely,
that his friends may delight in his presence.
Bend from your clouds,
ghosts of my fathers! bend!

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Confirmed with The Poems of Ossian. Translated by James Macpherson, Esq; Vol.I. A new edition, carefully corrected, and greatly improved. London, MDCCLXXIII, page 370.


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Beugt euch aus euern Wolken nieder
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT FRE
Beugt euch aus [euern]1 Wolken nieder,
ihr Geister meiner Väter, [beugt]2 euch,
legt ab das rothe Schrecken eures Laufs.
Empfangt den fallenden Führer!
Er komme aus einem entfernten Land,
oder [steig]3 aus dem tobenden Meer!
Sein Kleid von Nebel sey nah,
sein Speer aus einer Wolke gestaltet.
[Stell ein halb erloschenes Luftbild an seine Seite,
in Gestalt des Helden-Schwerts.]4
Und ach sein Gesicht sey lieblich,
Daß seine Freunde frolocken in seiner Gegenwart!
[Beugt]5 euch aus [euern]1 Wolken nieder!
ihr Geister meiner Väter, [beugt]2 euch.

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Confirmed with Die Gedichte Ossians, eines alten celtischen Helden und Barden. Zweyter Band. Zweyte verbesserte und mit neu entdeckten Gedichten vermehrte Auflage. Mannheim 1782, im Verlage der Herausgeber der ausländischen schönen Geister, pages 241-242.

1 Schubert: "euren"
2 Schubert: "beuget"
3 Schubert: "er steig"
4 Schubert: "Sein Schwert ein erlosch'nes Luftbild,"
5 Schubert: "O beugt"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , subtitle: "Cant d’Ossian després de la caiguda de Nathos", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ossians lied na de dood van Nathos", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-05
Line count: 14
Word count: 84