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

Am Strome
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Ist mir's doch, als sey mein Leben
An den schönen Strom gebunden.
Hab' ich Frohes nicht [am]1 Ufer,
Und Betrübtes hier empfunden?

Ja du gleichest meiner Seele;
Manchmahl grün, und glatt gestaltet,
Und zu Zeiten - herrschen [Winde]2 -
Schäumend, unruhvoll, gefaltet.

Fließest [fort zum]3 fernen Meere,
Darfst allda nicht heimisch werden.
Mich drängt's auch in mildre Lande -
Finde nicht das Glück auf Erden.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 78.

1 Schubert: "an seinem"
2 Schubert: "Stürme"
3 Schubert: "zu dem"

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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) , "Al riu", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Bij de rivier", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "By the stream", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Près de la rivière", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Presso la corrente", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-08-12 09:44:05
Line count: 12
Word count: 65

By the stream
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 It seems as if my life
 is somehow bound to this fair stream;
 have I not had many joys by its banks,
 and experienced many sorrows?
 
 Yes, you are like my soul;
 sometimes green and smooth in form,
 and sometimes dominated by storms:
 foaming, restless and furrowed.
 
 You flow to the distant sea:
 you cannot be at home here;
 I am also urged onward to gentler lands,
 for I find no happiness here.

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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: 2014-06-16 10:01:40
Line count: 12
Word count: 74