Translation by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803)

Daughter of Colla! thou art low!"
Language: English 
"Daughter of Colla! thou art low!" 
said Cairbar's hundred bards. 
"Silence is at the blue streams of Seláma. 
Truthil's race have failed. 

When wilt thou rise in thy beauty, 
first of Erin's maids? 
Thy sleep is long in the tomb. 
The morning distant far. 

The sun shall not come 
to thy bed and say, Awake, 
Dar-thula! awake, 
thou first of women! 
the wind of spring is abroad. 

The flowers shake their heads 
on the green hills. 
The woods wave 
their growing leaves. 

Retire, O sun!
the daughter of Colla is asleep. 
She will not come forth in her beauty. 
She will not move in the steps of her loveliness."

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  • Also set in Finnish (Suomi), a translation by Yrjö Veijola (1875 - 1930) ; composed by Erkki Gustaf Melartin.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), adapted by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803) , "Darthulas Grabgesang", subtitle: "Aus Ossian" ; composed by Johannes Brahms, Wilhelm Hill, Adolf Jensen, Hans Georg Nägeli, Karl Sigmund Freiherr von Seckendorff.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804 - 1877) , "Darthulas grafsång", subtitle: "Af Ossian" ; composed by Erkki Gustaf Melartin.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
Line count: 21
Word count: 109

Mädchen von Kola, du schläfst!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE SPA
Mädchen von Kola, du schläfst!
Um dich schweigen die [blauen Ströme]1 Selma's!
Sie trauren um dich, den letzten Zweig
von Thruthils Stamm!

Wann [erstehst]2 du wieder in deiner Schöne?
[Schönste]3 der [Mädchen]4 in Erin!
Du schläfst im Grabe langen Schlaf,
Dein Morgenroth ist [ferne]5!

Nimmer, o nimmer kommt [dir]6 die Sonne
[Weckend an deine Ruhestätte:]7 „Wach' auf!
Wach' auf, Darthula!
Frühling ist draußen,
Die Lüfte säuseln, 
Auf grünen Hügeln, holdseliges Mädchen, 
[Weben]8 die Blumen! im Hain wallt [sprießenden]9 Laub!”

Auf immer, auf immer, [so weiche denn]10, Sonne,
Dem Mädchen von Kola, sie schläft.
Nie [ersteht sie wieder]11 in ihrer Schöne!
Nie siehst du [sie lieblich]12 wandeln mehr.

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Confirmed with Johann Gottfried von Herder's sämmtliche Werke, Siebenter Theil, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1828, pages 9-10.

1 Hill: "Ströme"
2 Hill: "erstehest" ; Seckendorff: "erscheinst"
3 Hill: "Scönstes"
4 Brahms: "Schönen"
5 Hill: "fern"
6 Seckendorff: "mehr"
7 Hill: "schönstes der Mädchen in Erin.
8 Hill: "Sprießen"
9 Hill: "sprossendes"
10 Hill: "weiche denn"; Seckendorff: "so weichst du dann"
11 Hill: "mehr ersteht sie"
12 Hill: "lieblich sie"

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Darthula's Grave Song", copyright © 2005
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de mort de Darthula", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Helga Jost-Weyer) , "Canto fúnebre de Dárthula", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
Line count: 19
Word count: 107