by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

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, -
Im Zwiespalt waren sie [verloren]4.
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]5! 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: "verworren"
5 Schubert; and Mayrhofer's manuscript: "Augen"

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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: 2018-03-06 03:14:40
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Nel freddo, aspro nord
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Nel freddo, aspro nord, 
mi è giunta notizia 
di una città, la Città del Sole. 
Dove attende la nave, dov'è il sentiero 
che mi porta a quelle sale? 
Dalle persone non potei sapere nulla, 
tutti erano perduti nel dubbio. 
Verso il fiore, che si volge al sole, 
che sempre lo guarda in viso, 
mi volsi, e ne fui incantato. 

Volgi, come me, gli occhi verso il sole! 
Là è gioia, 
là è vita; con fede e devozione va', 
e non avere dubbi; 
trovi pace nelle luce. 
La luce porta ogni splendore, 
piante di speranza, fiumi di azioni!

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

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

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Text added to the website: 2008-07-20 00:00:00
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