by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Sag an, wer lehrt dich Lieder
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE
Sag an, wer lehrt dich Lieder,
So schmeichelnd und so zart?
Sie [zaubern]1 einen Himmel
Aus trüber Gegenwart.
Erst lag das Land, verschleyert,
Im Nebel vor uns da -
Du singst - und Sonnen leuchten,
Und Frühling ist uns nah.

Den [Alten, Schilfbekränzten]2,
Der seine Urne gießt,
Erblickst du nicht, nur Wasser,
Wie's durch die Wiesen fließt.
So geht es auch dem Sänger,
Er [singt und]3 staunt in sich;
Was still ein Gott bereitet,
Befremdet ihn, wie dich.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 9; and with Conversationblatt. Zeitschrift für wissenschaftliche Unterhaltung. Dritter Jahrgang. 1821. Nr. 69. (Wien, Mittwoch den 29. August) Im Verlage der Gerold'schen Buchhandlung, page 821.

Note: Schubert received Mayrhofer's texts generally in handwriting; the printed edition of Mayrhofer's poems appeared much later and presents the texts usually in a revised version.

1 Schubert: "rufen"
2 Schubert: "schilfbekränzten Alten"
3 Schubert: "singt, er"

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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
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het geheim. Aan Franz Schubert", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Secret. To Franz Schubert", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Yuxin (Sheila) Zhang) , "Secret. To Franz Schubert", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Secret. À Franz Schubert", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-09-04 20:50:13
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Het geheim. Aan Franz Schubert
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Zeg op, wie leert jou lied'ren,
Zo lieflijk en zo teer?
Zij scheppen ons een hemel
Uit 't droeve daag'lijks zeer.
Eerst lag het land versluierd,
In nevel weggedaan -
Jij zingt, en zonnen stralen,
De lente komt er aan.

De rietbekranste oude,
Die weer zijn urn leeggooit,
Bekijk jij niet, wel 't water,
Hoe 't door de weiden vloeit.
Zo gaat het ook de zanger,
Hij zingt en denkt: Nou, nou!
Wat stil een god hem voorzet,
Verbijstert hem als jou.

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Text added to the website: 2006-03-29 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-08-08 15:26:36
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