by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Dieses Tauris? wo der Eumeniden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
[Dieses Tauris?]1 wo der Eumeniden
Wuth zu stillen, [Pythius]2 versprach?
Weh, die Schwestern mit den Schlangenhaaren
Folgen mir vom Land der Griechen nach!
Rauhes Eyland, kündest keinen Segen:
Nirgends sproßt der Ceres [goldne]3 Frucht.
Keine Reben blühn, der Lüfte Sänger,
Wie die Schiffe, meiden diese Bucht.

Steine fügt die Kunst nicht zu Gebäuden,
Zelte spannt des Scythen Armuth sich;
Unter starren Felsen, rauhen [Wäldern]4
Ist das Leben einsam, schauerlich!
[»Allhier soll,«]5 so ist ja doch ergangen
An den Flehenden der [heil'ge]6 Spruch:
[»Soll die Bogenspannerin Diana
Lösen deinen und der Väter Fluch.«]7

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 159.

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: "Ist dies Tauris,"
2 Schubert: "Pythia"
3 Schubert: "milde"
4 Schubert: "Felsen"
5 Schubert: "Und hier soll,"
6 Schubert: "heilige"
7 Schubert: "Eine hohe Priesterin Dianens / Lösen meinen und der Väter Fluch."

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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) , "Orestes a Tàurida", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Orestes op Tauris", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Oreste en Tauride", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Oreste in Tauride", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 92

Is this Tauris, where the Eumenides'
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Is this Tauris, where the Eumenides'
Fury is to be stilled, according to the promise of the Delphic oracle?
Alas, the sisters with snakes for their hair
Have followed me here from the land of the Greeks!
Bleak island, you offer no blessing:
The gentle fruit of Ceres never sprouts here.
No vines blossom, singers in the air,
Like ships, avoid this bay.

Art does not structure these stones into buildings,
The poverty of the Scythians has stretched out tents;
Amongst rigid cliffs, primeval forests,
Life is lonely, horrific!
"And it is here," so it has been proclaimed
To the suppliant in the sacred pronouncement:
"That one of the high priestesses of Diana
Will lift the curse on me and my forefathers."

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Translations of title(s):
"Orest auf Tauris" = "Orestes on Tauris"
"Der landende Orest" = "Orestes coming ashore"
"Orest" = "Orestes"

This is a translation of the text as set by Schubert

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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-25
Line count: 16
Word count: 122