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

Der entsühnte Orest
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Zu meinen Füßen [wiegst]1 du dich
O heimatliches Meer!
[Ich rufe dir:]2 Triumph! Triumph!
[Und schwinge Schild]3 und Speer.

Mycene ehrt als König mich,
Beut meinem Wirken Raum,
Und über [meinen]4 Scheitel saus't
Des Lebens [reicher]5 Baum.

Mit morgendlichen Rosen schmückt
Der Frühling meine Bahn,
Und auf der Liebe Wellen schwebt
Dahin [der leichte]6 Kahn.

Diana naht! o Retterin,
Erhöre du mein Fleh'n!
Laß mich - das Höchste [ward mir ja]7 -
[Nun zu den]8 Vätern geh'n!

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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 288.

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: "brichst"
2 Schubert: "Und murmelst sanft."
3 Schubert: "Ich schwinge Schwert"
4 Schubert: "meinem"
5 Schubert: "goldner"
6 Schubert: "mein leichter"
7 Schubert: "wurde mir"
8 Schubert: "Zu meinen"

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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) , "Orestes absolt", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Orestes gezuiverd", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Orestes absolved", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Oreste absous", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Oreste assolto", copyright © 2008, (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: 2018-02-20 10:33:37
Line count: 16
Word count: 77

Orestes absolved
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 At my feet your waves break,
 o ocean of my homeland,
 and you murmur softly: "Triumph, Triumph!"
 I wield my sword and spear.
 
 Mycenea reveres me as their king,
 grants me room to act,
 and above me rustles
 the golden tree of Life.
 
 With morning roses
 Spring adorns my path,
 and my light boat floats forward
 on the waves of love.
 
 Diana comes near: o my rescuer,
 grant my prayer!
 Permit me my highest desire:
 to return to my fathers!

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: 2014-06-16 10:01:41
Line count: 16
Word count: 81