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So wird der Mann, der sonder Zwang Gerecht ist, nicht unglücklich seyn; Versinken ganz in Elend kann er nimmer, Indeß der frevelnde Verbrecher Im [Strom]1 der Zeit gewaltsam [untersinkt]2, Wenn am zerschmetterten Maste Das Wetter die Segel ergreift. Er ruft von keinem Ohr vernommen, Kämpft in des Strudels Mitte hoffnungslos. Des Frevlers lacht die Gottheit [jetzt]3, Sieht ihn, nun nicht mehr stolz, in Banden Der Noth verstrickt, umsonst die Felsbank fliehn; An der Vergeltung Fels scheitert sein Glück Und unbeweint versinkt er.
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Confirmed with Eugenie, der Sieg über die Liebe. von August Lafontaine. Dritter Band. Wien, 1814. In der Franz Haas'schen Buchhandlung, page 25.1 Schubert: "Strome"
2 Schubert (second version): "untergeht"
3 Schubert (second version): "nun"
- by August Heinrich Julius Lafontaine (1758 - 1831), no title, first published 1814 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- sometimes misattributed to Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Fragment aus dem Aischylos", D 450 (1816), published 1832 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Fragment d’Èsquil", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Fragment uit Aischylos", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (T. P. (Peter) Perrin) , "Fragment from Aeschylus", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Fragment d'Eschyle", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2003-11-05
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Word count: 82
The man who rightly acts without coercion Will not be grieved, can never wholly sink in wretchedness; While the lawless criminal is forcibly dragged under In the current of time when from the shattered mast The elements rip down his sails. He shouts, there is no ear to hear him Struggling, hopeless, at the maelstrom's center. Gods laugh at the transgressor now, Watching him, his pride now wrecked, Caught in desperation's shackles. He flees the rocks in vain; His fortunes smash on retribution's reef And, unmourned, he is engulfed.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2003 by T. P. (Peter) Perrin, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by August Heinrich Julius Lafontaine (1758 - 1831), no title, first published 1814 and misattributed to Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
This text was added to the website: 2004-02-28
Line count: 15
Word count: 89