by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Auf der Donau
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Auf der Wellen Spiegel
Schwimmt der Kahn.
Alte Burgen ragen
Himmelan;
Tannenwälder rauschen
[Geistergleich -]1
Und das Herz im Busen
Wird uns weich.

Denn der Menschen Werke
Sinken all';
Wo ist [Thurm und]2 Pforte,
Wo der Wall,
Wo sie selbst, die Starken?
Erzgeschirmt,
Die in Krieg und Jagden
Hingestürmt.

Trauriges Gestrüppe
Wuchert fort,
Während frommer Sage
Kraft verdorrt.
Und im kleinen Kahne
Wird uns bang -
Wellen droh'n, wie Zeiten,
Untergang.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, pages 18-19; and with Mahlerisches Taschenbuch für Freunde interessanter Gegenden Natur- und Kunst Merkwürdigkeiten der Österreichischen Monarchie. Sechster Jahrgang. Wien, 1818. Im Verlage bey Anton Doll, pages 1-2.

1 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Geistern gleich,"
2 Schubert: "Thurm, wo"

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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) , "Al Danubi", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op de Donau", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "On the Danube", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sur le Danube", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sul Danubio", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-08-12 19:35:50
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Word count: 71

Al Danubi
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Damunt el nivell 
de les ones sura la barca,
antics castells es drecen 
vers el cel,
boscos d’avets mormolen 
com esperits,
i el cor se’ns ablaneix 
en el pit.

Car totes les obres dels humans 
s’esfondren,
on són les torres, on les portalades, 
on les muralles,
on són elles mateixes, les fortaleses, 
tan ben protegides,
que en guerres i batudes foren 
assaltades?

Desolats matossars 
s’hi propaguen arreu,
mentre la força de les devotes 
llegendes s’esbraona:
i a la petita barca 
ens angoixem,
les onades, com el temps, amenacen 
l’esfondrament.

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Text added to the website: 2017-05-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-08-12 19:37:23
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Word count: 89