by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

Horch ‑ wie Murmeln des empörten Meeres
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Horch - wie Murmeln des empörten Meeres,
Wie durch hohler Felsen Becken weint ein Bach,
[Stöhnt dort]1 [dumpfigtief ein]2 schweres, leeres,
Qualerpreßtes Ach!

Schmerz verzerret
Ihr Gesicht, Verzweiflung sperret
Ihren Rachen fluchend auf.
Hohl sind ihre Augen - ihre Blicke
Spähen bang nach des Kozytus Brücke,
Folgen thränend seinem Trauerlauf.

Fragen sich einander ängstlich leise:
Ob noch nicht Vollendung sey? -
Ewigkeit schwingt über ihnen Kreise,
Bricht die Sense des Saturns entzwei.

F. Schubert sets stanza 2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Zweiter Theil, Zweite, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig, 1805, bei Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, page 150.

First published in Anthologie auf das Jahr 1782, anonymously edited by Schiller with the fake publishing information "Gedrukt in der Buchdrukerei zu Tobolsko", actually published by Johann Benedict Metzler in Stuttgart. The poem (page 147) has "Y." as the author's name.

1 omitted in Schubert's fragment D.396
2 Schubert (D.583): "dumpfig tief ein"; Schubert (D.396): "ein dumpfig tiefes"

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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) , "Grup del Tàrtar", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Een groep vanuit de Tartarus1", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Group from Tartarus", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Gruppo dal Tartaro", copyright © 2005, (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 between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 72

Gruppo dal Tartaro
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ascolta - come un mormorio di mari nemici,
come tra rocce cave geme un ruscello,
risuona là nel cupo abisso un greve-lieve,
denso di strazio ahi!

Dolore distrugge
il loro volto - disperazione spalanca
la loro bocca che maledice.
Cavi sono gli occhi - i loro sguardi
fissano ansiosi il ponte sul Cocito,
seguono lacrimando il suo funereo corso.

Si domandano l'un l'altro, bisbigliando angosciati,
se non si compia ancora.
Eternità si libra in cerchi su di loro,
si spezza la falce di Saturno.

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This text was added to the website: 2005-09-11
Line count: 14
Word count: 84