by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)

Nachtviolen, Nachtviolen!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Nachtviolen, Nachtviolen!
Dunkle Augen, seelenvolle, -
Selig ist es sich vertiefen
In das sammtne Blau.

Grüne Blätter streben freudig
Euch zu hellen, euch zu schmücken;
Doch ihr schauet ernst und ahnend
In die laue Sommerluft.

Ja, so fesselt ihr den Dichter:
Mit erhabnen Wehmutsstrahlen
Trafet ihr sein treues Herz.

Und so blüht in stummen Nächten
Fort die heilige Verbindung.
Unaussprechlich, unbegriffen,
Und die Welt erreicht sie nicht.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 121; and 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 214.

Note: Schubert received Mayrhofer's texts in handwriting; the manuscripts of his cycle Heliopolis, dedicated to Franz von Schober, are preserved in the Vienna City Library. The printed edition of Mayrhofer's poems appeared much later and presents the texts in a revised version. This poem (originally no. 4 of the cycle) is not part of the cycle in the printed edition of 1843. Here it is no. 1 of the cycle Nachtviolen.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 67