by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Dioskuren, Zwillingsterne
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ITA
Dioskuren, [Zwillingsterne]1,
Die ihr leuchtet meinem Nachen,
Mich beruhigt auf dem Meere
Eure Milde, euer Wachen.

Wer auch, fest in sich begründet,
Unverzagt dem Sturm begegnet;
Fühlt sich doch in euren Strahlen
Doppelt muthig und gesegnet.

Dieses Ruder, das ich schwinge,
Meeresfluthen zu zertheilen;
Hänge ich, so ich geborgen,
Auf an eures Tempels Säulen.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 183.

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. This poem (originally no. 20 of the cycle) is not part of the cycle in the printed edition of 1843.

1 Schubert: "Zwillingssterne"

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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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2006, (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) (Paolo Pupillo) (Claretta Manara) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-03-24 12:18:19
Line count: 12
Word count: 54

Dioscuri, twin stars
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Dioscuri, twin stars
that shine upon my skiff,
you comfort me on the ocean
with your mildness and your watchfulness.

He who firmly believes in himself
and unswervingly meets the storm
feels himself, in your light,
doubly courageous and blessed.

This oar that I ply
to part the ocean waves,
I shall hang, once I am safe on land,
upon your temple's pillars.

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Translation of title "Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren" = "Song of the sailors to the Dioscuri"

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

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-07-15 22:01:35
Line count: 12
Word count: 63