Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Von Ida
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
  Der Morgen blüht;
  Der Osten glüht;
Es lächelt aus dem dünnen Flor
Die Sonne matt und krank hervor.
  Denn ach, mein Liebling flieht!

  Auf welcher Flur,
  Auf wessen Spur,
So fern von Iden wallst du itzt,
O du, der ganz mein Herz besitzt,
  Du Liebling der Natur?

  Vernimmst du auch
  Im Morgenhauch
Das Ach, das Idens Brust entächzt,
Das Sehnen, drinn ihr Herz zerlechzt,
  Im kühlen Morgenhauch?

  Was [ahnest]1 du,
  Der Idens Ruh
Und Idens Freuden mit sich nahm?
Ach, [ahnest]1 du wohl Idens Gram,
  Und flehst für Idens Ruh?

  O kehre um!
  Kehr' um, kehr' um!
Zu deiner Einsamtraurenden!
Zu deiner [Ahnungschaurenden]2!
  Mein Einziger, kehr' um!

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Confirmed with L.T.Kosegarten's Poesieen, Neueste Auflage, Zweyter Band, Berlin 1803, pages 120-121. This is the source used by Schubert. Kosegarten's poem is different in later editions and has the title "Von Agnes" (see below).

1 Schubert (old editions): "ahndest"
2 Schubert (old editions): "Ahndungsschaurenden"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "De la part d'Ida", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Over Ida", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "About Ida", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "D'Ida", copyright © 2011, (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: 2017-06-11 05:43:43
Line count: 25
Word count: 108

About Ida
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Morning is blossoming,
The East is glowing;
Smiling out of the fine veil of mist
Is the sun, languid and sickly.
Because, oh no, my darling has fled!

On which field,
In whose traces,
Are you now wandering, so far from Ida,
Oh you, who own all of my heart,
You darling of nature?

Can you also hear
In the morning breath
The sigh which Ida's breast emits,
The longing that is craving within her heart
In the cool breath of the morning?

What awareness do you have
Of Ida's rest
And of Ida's joy, which you have taken with you?
And can you really sense Ida's grief,
And do you plead for Ida to find rest?

Oh, come back!
Turn back, come back!
To your sad lonely one!
To your Ida as she recoils in dread!
My only one, come back!


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Text added to the website: 2016-08-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-08-30 16:54:14
Line count: 25
Word count: 142