by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Dieses Tauris? wo der Eumeniden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
[Dieses Tauris?]1 wo der Eumeniden
Wuth zu stillen, [Pythius]2 versprach?
Weh, die Schwestern mit den Schlangenhaaren
Folgen mir vom Land der Griechen nach!
Rauhes Eyland, kündest keinen Segen:
Nirgends sproßt der Ceres [goldne]3 Frucht.
Keine Reben blühn, der Lüfte Sänger,
Wie die Schiffe, meiden diese Bucht.

Steine fügt die Kunst nicht zu Gebäuden,
Zelte spannt des Scythen Armuth sich;
Unter starren Felsen, rauhen [Wäldern]4
Ist das Leben einsam, schauerlich!
[»Allhier soll,«]5 so ist ja doch ergangen
An den Flehenden der [heil'ge]6 Spruch:
[»Soll die Bogenspannerin Diana
Lösen deinen und der Väter Fluch.«]7

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 159.

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: "Ist dies Tauris,"
2 Schubert: "Pythia"
3 Schubert: "milde"
4 Schubert: "Felsen"
5 Schubert: "Und hier soll,"
6 Schubert: "heilige"
7 Schubert: "Eine hohe Priesterin Dianens / Lösen meinen und der Väter Fluch."

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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) , "Orestes a Tàurida", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Orestes op Tauris", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Oreste en Tauride", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Oreste in Tauride", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 92

Oreste en Tauride
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Est-ce la Tauride, où des Euménides
La Pythie a promis de calmer la colère ?
Hélas ! les sœurs aux chevelures de serpents
Me suivent depuis la terre des Grecs.
Île rude, tu ne montres aucune bénédiction ;
Nulle part ne poussent les doux fruits de Cérès ;
Aucune vigne ne fleurit, les chanteurs de l'air,
Comme les bateaux, évitent cette baie.

L'art n'ajoute pas des pierres pour construire,
Le Scythe élève une tente sur sa misère ;
Sous des rochers déchiquetés, des forêts sauvages,
La vie est solitaire, effrayante.
"Et ici", ainsi a été déclaré
Par l'oracle sacré, en réponse à ma prière,
"Une grande prêtresse de Diane
Lèvera la malédiction sur moi et mes pères."

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


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This text was added to the website: 2010-05-01
Line count: 16
Word count: 117