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

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


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: 2019-09-19 20:38:26
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Word count: 72

Enfonsament voluntari
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Cap on vas, oh Hèlios? Cap on? En les aigües fresquívoles
vull enfonsar el meu cos flamejant,
segur, en el meu fur interior, de donar el meu ardor
ple de foc a la terra.

No prenc mai res, només tinc per costum de donar
i la meva vida és tan pròdiga,
el meu comiat s’embolcalla d’una esplendor daurada,
superb és el meu adéu, la nit s’apropa.

Que pàl•lida és la lluna, que esllanguides les estrelles!
En tant que jo em moc vigorós;
només quan posi la meva corona a les muntanyes
guanyaran en força i coratge a la vasta llunyania.

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Text added to the website: 2017-05-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-05-01 14:18:21
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Word count: 100