Singable translation by Adam Storck (1780 - 1822)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Ave Maria! Jungfrau mild
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): CAT DAN DUT ENG FRE FRE GRE ITA
Ave Maria! Jungfrau mild,
Erhöre einer Jungfrau Flehen,
Aus diesem Felsen starr und wild
Soll mein Gebet zu dir hinwehen.
Wir schlafen sicher bis zum Morgen,
Ob Menschen noch so grausam sind.
O Jungfrau, sieh der Jungfrau Sorgen,
O Mutter, hör ein bittend Kind! 
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Unbefleckt!
Wenn wir auf diesen [Felsen sinken]1
Zum Schlaf, und uns dein Schutz bedeckt,
Wird weich der harte Fels uns dünken.
Du lächelst, Rosendüfte wehen
In dieser dumpfen Felsenkluft.
O Mutter, höre Kindes Flehen,
O Jungfrau, eine Jungfrau ruft!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Reine Magd!
Der Erde und der Luft Dämonen,
Von deines Auges Huld verjagt,
Sie können hier nicht bei uns wohnen.
Wir woll'n uns still dem Schicksal beugen,
Da uns dein heil'ger Trost anweht;
Der Jungfrau wolle hold dich neigen,
Dem Kind, das für den Vater fleht.
Ave Maria!

F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Das Fräulein vom See. Ein Gedicht in sechs Gesängen von Walter Scott. Aus dem Englischen, und mit einer historischen Einleitung und Anmerkungen von D. Adam Storck, weiland Professor in Bremen. Zweite, vom Uebersetzer selbst noch verbesserte Auflage. Essen, bei G. D. Bädeker. 1823, pages 127-128; and with Das Fräulein vom See. Ein Gedicht in sechs Gesängen von Walter Scott. Aus dem Englischen, und mit einer historischen Einleitung und Anmerkungen von D. Adam Storck, Professor in Bremen. Essen, bei G. D. Bädeker. 1819, pages 135-136.

1 Storck (1819 edition), and Schubert: "Fels hinsinken"

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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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ellen's Lied III (Ave Maria)", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charlotte Morel) , "Ave maria", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier) , "Ave Maria", subtitle: "Chant", appears in Poésies diverses, poésies nouvelles et inédites, poésies posthumes [an adaptation]
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Άβε Μαρία", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ave Maria! Vergine dolce", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Text added to the website: 2003-11-07 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-10-20 12:03:45
Line count: 27
Word count: 139

Ave Maria! Gentle virgin
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ave Maria! Gentle virgin,
Listen to a virgin's prayer;
From this rock so solid and wild
May my prayer rise towards you.
Allow us to sleep safely until the morning,
Even though people can be so cruel.
Oh virgin, look on the cares of this virgin,
Oh mother, hear a begging child!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Unsullied!
When we sink down onto this rock
To sleep, and we are covered by your protection,
This hard rock will seem to us to be soft.
If you smile, the fragrances of roses will waft
Into this gloomy cavern in the rock.
Oh mother, hear a child's prayer,
Oh virgin, a virgin is calling!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Pure maid!
The demons of earth and air,
Chased away from the grace of your eyes,
They cannot live here with us.
We wish to submit quietly to fate,
Since you are bestowing your blessed consolation;
May you be willing to stoop down to this virgin,
To this child who is praying for her father.
Ave Maria!

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Translations of title(s):
"Ave Maria!" = "Ave Maria"
"Ellens Gesang III" = "Ellen's song III"
"Hymne an die Jungfrau" = "Hymn to the Virgin"


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Text added to the website: 2020-02-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-02-03 16:41:48
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Word count: 172