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by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Ertöne Leyer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Ertöne Leyer
Zur Festesfeyer!
Apollo steig hernieder,
Begeistre unsre Lieder!
Lange lebe unser Vater Franz!
Lange währe seiner Tage Chor!
Und im ewig schönen Flor
Blühe seines Lebens Kranz.

Wonnelachend umschwebe die Freude
Seines grünenden Glückes Lauf.
Immer getrennt vom trauernden Leide,
Nehm' ihn Elysiums Schatten auf.
Endlos wieder töne, holde Leyer,
Bringt des Jahres Raum die Zeit zurück,
Sanft und schön an dieser Festesfeyer
Ewig währe Vater Franzens Glück!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Schubert's autograph (clean copy), Vienna City Library, call number MH 53.

The manuscript has the title "Terzetto" and the concluding comment "Auf die Nahmensfeyer meines Vaters!!!"


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) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op het naamfeest van mijn vader", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Cantata for my father's name day", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Pour la fête du père", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Auditorium du Louvre , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 70

Cantata for my father's name day
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ring out, lyre,
For this festive event!
Apollo, come down and
Inspire our songs.
Long live our father Franz!
Long may his chorus of days continue!
And in eternal beautiful flowering
May his life's wreath blossom!

Laughing with happiness may joy surround
His ever greener course of fate.
For ever separated from sad pain,
Take him up to Elysium's shades.
Ring out again endlessly, lovely lyre,
Bring this time of year round again
Gently and beautifully to this festive event.
May father Franz's happiness continue for ever!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Malcolm Wren, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-09-11
Line count: 16
Word count: 87