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

Erlafsee
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA
Mir ist so wohl, so weh
Am stillen Erlafsee.
Heilig Schweigen
In Fichtenzweigen.
Regungslos
Der [dunkle]1 Schooß;
Nur der Wolken Schatten flieh'n
[Überm glatten]2 Spiegel hin.

Feenbild, was willst du mir,
So [umschwebst]3 du mich auch hier?
Weiche aus dem Land der Hirten.
Hier gedeihen keine Myrthen;
Schilfgras nur und Tannenwucht
Kränzen diese stille Bucht.

Frische Winde
Kräuseln linde
Das Gewässer;
Und der Sonne
[Güldne]4 Krone
Flimmert blässer.

Ach, weine nicht, du süßes Bild!
Der Wellendrang ist bald gestillt,
Und glatter See, und Lüfte lau,
Erheitern dich, du Wunderfrau.

Des Sees Rand
Umschlingt ein Band,
Aus [lichtem]5 Grün gewunden:
[Es ist der Fluß,
der]6 treiben muß
Die Sägemühlen unten.

Unwillig krümmt er sich am Steg
Von seiner schönen Mutter weg,
Und fließt zu fernen Gründen.
Wirst, Liebe! auch mit [holder]7 Hand,
Des Sängers ernstes Felsenland,
Mit Blüthenroth umwinden?

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 3

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, pages 94-95; 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 185-186.

1 Schubert; and Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "blaue"
2 Schubert: "Überm dunklen"; Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Über'n glatten"
3 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "umspinnst"
4 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Goldne"
5 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "hellem"
6 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "Das Band, ein Fluß / Dann"
7 Mayrhofer (1818 edition): "milder"

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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) , "El llac Erlaf", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Erlafmeer", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Lake Erlaf", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Erlafsee", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Lake Erlaf", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le lac Erlaf", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il lago Erlaf", copyright © 2010, (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: 2017-08-12 20:06:05
Line count: 36
Word count: 138

Lake Erlaf
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I feel so well, such pain,
By quiet Lake Erlaf.
Sacred silence
In the branches of the spruce trees.
Without movement
The blue womb;
Only the shadows of the clouds are flying
Away across the dark mirror.

You spritely apparition, what do you want with me,
Are you going to haunt me even here?
Withdraw from the land of the shepherds.
No myrtles flourish here;
Only reeds and mighty fir trees
Garland this quiet bay.

Fresh winds
Are gently ruffling
The waters;
And the sun's
Golden crown
Is shimmering more faintly.

Oh, do not cry, sweet apparition!
The urge of the waves will soon calm down,
And the smooth lake and warm breezes
Will cheer you up, you amazing woman.

The lake edge is 
Encircled by a ribbon
Woven from light green:
It is the river
That must drive
The saw mills down there.

It reluctantly winds back on itself by the footbridge
Leaving its beautiful mother behind,
And flows off towards the distant lowlands.
Will you, beloved, also reach out your beautiful hand
And adorn this singer's solemn rocky landscape,
Surrounding it with blossoming red?

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Text added to the website: 2018-09-16 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-09-16 16:35:02
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Word count: 186