by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
Translation © by T. P. (Peter) Perrin

Wohin, o Helios? in Fluthen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA
[Wohin, o Helios? in]1 Fluthen
Will ich den Flammenleib versenken,
Gewiß im Innern, neue Gluthen
Der Erde [nach Bedarf]2 zu schenken.

Ich nehme [nichts, gewohnt]3 zu geben;
Und wie verschwenderisch mein Leben,
Umhüllt mein Scheiden goldne Pracht,
Ich scheide herrlich, naht die Nacht.

Wie [bleich]4 der Mond, wie matt die Sterne!
So lang ich kräftig mich bewege,
Erst wenn ich [ab die]5 Krone lege,
[Wird ihnen Muth und Glanz in ihrer Ferne.]6

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 175.

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: "Wohin? o Helios! wohin? »In kühlen"
2 Schubert: "feuerreich"
3 Schubert: "nicht, ich pflege nur"
4 Schubert: "blaß"
5 Schubert: "auf die Berge meine"
6 Schubert: "Gewinnen sie an Mut und Kraft in weiter Ferne.«"

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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) , "Enfonsament voluntari", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Vrijwillig óndergaan", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (T. P. (Peter) Perrin) , "Free fall", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chute volontaire", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Volontario inabissarsi", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 72

Free fall
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Which way, O Helios?  To sink my fire
Under the waves for coolness I desire,
Sure at the core I thus renew my might
To fuel earth again with warmth and light.

I never take, my skill is but to give;
And yet though wholly spendthrift while I live,
I store up splendor to release when going,
Flaunt it just as night brings my undoing.

The stars unseen, the moon a watery gray,
While on the track I make my violent way;
Not till on those far hills I lay my crown
Do they gain strength, find fire that is their own.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 102