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

Iphigenia
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Blüht denn hier an Tauris Strande
[Keine Blum' aus Hellas Lande,
Weht kein milder Segenshauch]1
Aus den [lieblichen]2 Gefilden,
Wo Geschwister mit mir spielten? -
Ach, mein Leben ist ein Rauch!

Trauernd wank' ich [durch die]3 Haine, -
Keine Hoffnung nähr' ich - keine,
Meine Heimath zu erseh'n; -
Und die See mit hohen Wellen,
Die an Klippen [kalt]4 zerschellen,
Übertäubt mein leises Fleh'n.

Göttin, [welche]5 mich gerettet,
An die Wildnis [mich gekettet]6, -
Rette mich zum zweitenmal; -
Gnädig lasse mich den Meinen,
Laß' o Göttinn! mich erscheinen
In des großen Königs Saal!

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Neue Sammlung. Aus dessen Nachlasse mit Biographie und Vorwort herausgegeben von Ernst Freih. v. Feuchtersleben. Wien, 1843. Verlag von Ignaz Klang, Buchhändler, page 287.

Note: Schubert received Mayrhofer's texts generally in handwriting; the printed edition of Mayrhofer's poems appeared much later and presents the texts usually in a revised version.

1 Schubert: "Aus dem theuren Vaterlande / Keine Blume, weht kein Hauch"
2 Schubert: "seligen"
3 Schubert: "in dem"
4 Schubert: "sich"
5 Schubert: "die du"
6 Schubert: "angekettet"

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Ifigènia", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Iphigenia", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Iphigenia", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Iphigénie", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 94

Iphigenia
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Here on the shore of Tauris, 
 does no flower from my dear homeland bloom?
 Does no mild breeze blow
 from those blessed fields
 where my sisters once played with me?
 Alas, my life is smoke!

 Mournfully I stagger through the grove -
 No hope do I nourish - none -
 of ever seeing my homeland again;
 and the sea, with high waves
 that dash themselves against the rocks,
 drowns out my soft pleas.

 O Goddess who rescued me
 and chained me in this wilderness,
 Rescue me a second time;
 graciously allow me to appear to my people -
 grant it, O Goddess! - to appear
 again in the hall of the great King!

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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 114