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

Auf der Donau
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Auf der Wellen Spiegel
Schwimmt der Kahn.
Alte Burgen ragen
Himmelan;
Tannenwälder rauschen
[Geistergleich -]1
Und das Herz im Busen
Wird uns weich.

Denn der Menschen Werke
Sinken all';
Wo ist [Thurm und]2 Pforte,
Wo der Wall,
Wo sie selbst, die Starken?
Erzgeschirmt,
Die in Krieg und Jagden
Hingestürmt.

Trauriges Gestrüppe
Wuchert fort,
Während frommer Sage
Kraft verdorrt.
Und im kleinen Kahne
Wird uns bang -
Wellen droh'n, wie Zeiten,
Untergang.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, pages 18-19; and with Mahlerisches Taschenbuch für Freunde interessanter Gegenden Natur- und Kunst Merkwürdigkeiten der Österreichischen Monarchie. Sechster Jahrgang. Wien, 1818. Im Verlage bey Anton Doll, pages 1-2.

1 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Geistern gleich,"
2 Schubert: "Thurm, wo"

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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 Danubi", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op de Donau", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "On the Danube", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sur le Danube", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sul Danubio", copyright © 2004, (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 19:35:50
Line count: 24
Word count: 71

On the Danube
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Upon the waves' mirror 
floats our boat;
Old castles tower up 
toward heaven,
Pine forests rustle 
ghost-like,
And the hearts in our bosoms 
melt.

For man's work 
fails ever:
Where is tower, where gate, 
where wall,
Where are they, these armoured 
strongholds,
That were besieged 
in war and in hunt?

Sad undergrowth 
proliferates,
While the strength of pious words 
fades:
And in the small boat, 
we become timid:
Waves, like Time, threaten 
impending death.

Authorship

  • 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: 2017-08-12 19:40:29
Line count: 24
Word count: 74