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

Im kalten, rauhen Norden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Im kalten, rauhen Norden
Ist Kunde mir geworden
Von [einer]1 Sonnenstadt.
Wo weilt das Schiff, wo [winkt]2 der Pfad,
Die mich zu [ihren]3 Hallen tragen?
Von Menschen konnt' ich nichts erfragen, -
[In]4 Zwiespalt waren sie [verloren]5.
Zur Blume, die sich Helios erkoren,
Die ewig in sein Antlitz blickt,
Wandt' ich mich nun, - und ward entzückt:

»Wende, so wie ich, zur Sonne
Deine [Blicke]6! Dort ist Wonne,
Dort ist Leben; 
Treu ergeben,
Pilg're zu, und zweifle nicht;
Ruhe findest du im Licht;
Licht erzeuget alle Gluten, -
Hoffnungspflanzen, Thatenfluten!«

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Neue Sammlung. Aus dessen Nachlasse mit Biographie und Vorwort herausgegeben von Ernst Freih. v. Feuchtersleben. Wien, 1843. Verlag von Ignaz Klang, Buchhändler, pages 195-196.

Note: Schubert received Mayrhofer's texts in handwriting; the manuscripts of his cycle Heliopolis, dedicated to Franz von Schober, are preserved in the Vienna City Library. The printed edition of Mayrhofer's poems appeared much later and presents the texts in a revised version. This poem (originally no. 5 of the cycle) is now no. 1 of the cycle in the printed edition. Here the cycle is preceded by a motto:

Ein altes Thema, vorgetragen
In grauen Zeiten, laß uns variiren!
Wir dürfen, wenn wir auch Ikarisiren -
Uns öfters noch zur Sonne wagen!
1821.

1 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "einer Stadt, der"
2 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "ist"
3 Schubert: "jenen"
4 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "Im"
5 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "verworren"
6 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "Augen"

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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) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-09-20 18:29:54
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In 't koude, ruige noorden
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
In 't koude, ruige noorden,
Daar was het dat ik hoorde
Over een stad, de zonnestad.
Waar blijft het schip, waar is het pad
Die mij naar die gebouwen dragen?
De mensen kon ik niet bevragen,
In tweespalt ging mijn vraag verloren.
De zonbloem, ooit door Helios verkoren,
Die eeuwig in zijn aanschijn blikt,
Die sprak ik aan, en werd verrukt.
 
"Blijf steeds, zoals ik, bewegen
Naar de zon toe. Daar is zegen,
Daar is leven, jou genegen.
Vervolg je weg, wees doelgericht;
Rust, die vind je in het licht.
Licht brengt voort toch al het schone:
Warmte, hoop en dadenstromen!"

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Note: this is a translation of Schubert's sung text.

Translation of title "Aus Heliopolis I" = "Uit Heliopolis I"

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