by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Linda Godry

Der Eichwald brauset
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE
Der Eichwald [brauset]1,
Die Wolken [ziehn]2,
Das Mägdlein [sitzet]3
An Ufers Grün,
Es bricht sich die Welle mit Macht, mit Macht,
Und sie [seufzt]4 hinaus in die [finstre]5 Nacht,
Das Auge [von]6 Weinen [getrübet]7.

"Das Herz ist gestorben,
Die Welt ist leer,
Und weiter giebt sie
Dem Wunsche nichts mehr.
Du Heilige [rufe]8 dein Kind zurück,
Ich habe genossen das irdische Glück,
Ich habe gelebt und geliebet!"

Es rinnet der Thränen
Vergeblicher Lauf,
Die Klage sie wecket
Die Todten nicht auf,
Doch nenne, was tröstet und heilet die Brust
Nach der süßen Liebe [verschwundener]9 Lust,
Ich, die himmlische, wills nicht versagen.

["]10Laß rinnen der Thränen
Vergeblichen Lauf,
Es wecke die [Klage]11
Den Todten nicht auf,
Das süßeste Glück für die [traurende]12 Brust,
Nach der schönen Liebe [verschwundener]9 Lust,
Sind der Liebe Schmerzen und Klagen.

F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanzas 1-2
J. Zumsteeg sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1799, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, pages 208-209; with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller. Erster Theil. Leipzig, 1800. bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 67-68; and with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller. Erster Theil. Zweite von neuem durchgesehene Auflage. Leipzig, 1804. bei Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 67-68.

First published 1799 in Schiller's Musen-Almanach, and later, only stanzas 1-2 (with slight textual modifications and a different line break), in Die Piccolomini, act 3, scene 7 (Thekla's song).

1 Schubert (D.191 and D.389): "braust"
2 Schubert (D.6, first occurrence only): "ziehen"
3 Schubert (D.191 and D.389): "sitzt"; Piccolomini edition, used by Felix Mendelssohn, Zumsteeg and Rheinberger: "wandelt"
4 Piccolomini edition, used by Felix Mendelssohn, Zumsteeg: "singt"
5 Randhartinger: "finstere"
6 Schiller (editions from 1810), and Schubert: "vom"
7 Schubert (D.6): "getrübt"
8 Schubert (D.6): "ruf'"
9 Rheinberger: "entschwundener"; Schubert (D.191, second version only): "verschwund'ner"
10 Quotation mark eliminated in Schiller's revised edition of 1804.
11 Rheinberger: "Träne"
12 Schubert (D.191 and D.389), Rheinberger: "trauernde"

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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)

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "The oaks roar, the clouds rush by", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "The maiden's lament", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Plainte de la jeune fille", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The oaks roar, the clouds rush by
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The clouds rush by, the oaks roar,
The maiden rests on the green by the shore
as wave breaks with force, with force
And she sighs into the gloomy night.
eyes blurred with tears.

"My heart has died, the world is empty,
no wishes left to me in this life,
oh, gods take your child back,
I have relished earthly bliss,
I have lived and loved."

The tears run down to no end,
Mourning will not bring back the dead,
Tell me what eases the ache
For sweet love's lost passion.
I, the heavenly, will not deny it.

Let flow the fruitless tears,
The lament will not wake the dead!
The sweetest joy for the soul mourning
For sweet love's lost passion,
Are love's sorrow and lament.

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