Translation by Edmund von Harold, Baron (1737 - 1808)

Weep on the rocks of roaring winds
Language: English 
Weep on the rocks of roaring winds, 
O maid of Inistore!
Bend thy fair head over the waves, 
thou lovelier than the ghost of the hills;
when it moves in a sun-beam, at noon, 
over the silence of Morven! 
He is fallen! thy youth is low! 
pale beneath the sword of Cuthullin! 
No more shall valour raise thy love
to match the blood of kings. 
Trenar, graceful Trenar died, 
O maid of Inistore! 
His grey dogs are howling at home;
they see his passing ghost. 
His bow is in the hall unstrung. 
No sound is in the hill of his hinds!

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Confirmed with The Poems of Ossian. Translated by James Macpherson, Esq; Vol.I. A new edition, carefully corrected, and greatly improved. London, MDCCLXXIII, pages 234-235.


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Mädchen Inistores
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT FRE
Mädchen Inistores,
wein auf den Felsen der [heulenden]1 Winde!
neig über [die Wellen]2 dein zierliches Haupt,
du, [dem]3 an Liebreiz der Geist der [Hügeln]4 weicht;
wenn er in einem Sonnenstrahl, des Mittags
über Morvens Schweigen hingleitet.
Er ist gefallen! der Jüngling erliegt, 
bleich unter der Klinge Cuthullins!
nicht mehr wird der Muth deinen [Geliebten]5 erheben,
dem Blut der Gebieter zu gleichen.
O Mädchen Inistores!
Trenar, der zierliche Trenar ist todt.
In seiner Heymat heulen seine [grauen]6 Doggen;
sie sehn seinen gleitenden Geist.
In seiner Halle [ist]7 sein Bogen ungespannt,
Man hört auf dem Hügel seiner Hirsche keinen Schall!

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Confirmed with Die Gedichte Ossians, eines alten celtischen Helden und Barden. Zweyter Band. Zweyte verbesserte und mit neu entdeckten Gedichten vermehrte Auflage. Mannheim 1782, im Verlage der Herausgeber der ausländischen schönen Geister, pages 62-63.

Note in Macpherson' book: Inistore is the name of Orkney Islands.

1 Schubert (second version only): "stürmischen"
2 Schubert: "Wellen"
3 Schubert (first version only): "der"
4 Schubert: "Hügel"
5 Schubert: "Lieben"
6 omitted by Schubert
7 Schubert: "liegt"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , subtitle: "La donzella d'Inistore", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het meisje van Inistore", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La fille d'Inistore", 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: 2004-01-18 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-04-27 11:30:17
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Word count: 98