by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Mädchen von Kola, du schläfst!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE SPA
Mädchen von Kola, du schläfst!
Um dich schweigen die [blauen Ströme]1 Selma's!
Sie trauren um dich, den letzten Zweig
von Thruthils Stamm!

Wann [erstehst]2 du wieder in deiner Schöne?
[Schönste]3 der [Mädchen]4 in Erin!
Du schläfst im Grabe langen Schlaf,
Dein Morgenroth ist [ferne]5!

Nimmer, o nimmer kommt [dir]6 die Sonne
[Weckend an deine Ruhestätte:]7 „Wach' auf!
Wach' auf, Darthula!
Frühling ist draußen,
Die Lüfte säuseln, 
Auf grünen Hügeln, holdseliges Mädchen, 
[Weben]8 die Blumen! im Hain wallt [sprießenden]9 Laub!”

Auf immer, auf immer, [so weiche denn]10, Sonne,
Dem Mädchen von Kola, sie schläft.
Nie [ersteht sie wieder]11 in ihrer Schöne!
Nie siehst du [sie lieblich]12 wandeln mehr.

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Confirmed with Johann Gottfried von Herder's sämmtliche Werke, Siebenter Theil, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1828, pages 9-10.

1 Hill: "Ströme"
2 Hill: "erstehest" ; Seckendorff: "erscheinst"
3 Hill: "Scönstes"
4 Brahms: "Schönen"
5 Hill: "fern"
6 Seckendorff: "mehr"
7 Hill: "schönstes der Mädchen in Erin.
8 Hill: "Sprießen"
9 Hill: "sprossendes"
10 Hill: "weiche denn"; Seckendorff: "so weichst du dann"
11 Hill: "mehr ersteht sie"
12 Hill: "lieblich sie"

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Darthula's Grave Song", copyright © 2005
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de mort de Darthula", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Helga Jost-Weyer) , "Canto fúnebre de Dárthula", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
Line count: 19
Word count: 107

Darthula's Grave Song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Maiden of Colla, you sleep!
Around you the blue streams of Selma are silent!
They mourn for you, the last branch
of Thruthil's line!

When will you rise again in your beauty?
Fairest of the fair in Erin!
You sleep the long sleep of the grave;
the glow of morning is distant.

Never, o never will the sun come
to your resting-place and awaken you: "Wake up!
Wake up, Darthula!
Spring has come!

"The breezes whisper; 
upon the green hills, sweet maiden,
flowers wave!
In the grove, sprouting leaves flutter!"

Forever, forever then, Sun, surrender
to the maiden of Colla; she sleeps!
Never will she rise again in her beauty!
Never again will you see her lovely wandering.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2005 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2005-12-31
Line count: 20
Word count: 118