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Aufenthalt

by Franz Schubert From Schwanengesang (1828) D957

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Aufenthalt
German source: Rellstab, Ludwig

Rauschender Strom, brausender Wald,
Starrender Fels mein Aufenthalt.
Wie sich die Welle an Welle reiht,
Fliessen die Tränen mir ewig erneut.

Hoch in den Kronen wogend sich’s regt,
So unaufhörlich mein Herze schlägt.
Und wie des Felsen uraltes Erz
Ewig derselbe bleibet mein Schmerz.

Resting place
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Surging river, roaring forest,
immovable rock, my resting place.
As wave follows wave,
so my tears flow, ever renewed.

As the high treetops stir and heave,
so my heart beats incessantly.
Like the rock’s age-old ore
my sorrow remains forever the same.

Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Aufenthalt
German source: Rellstab, Ludwig

Resting place
English source: Richard Wigmore

Rauschender Strom, brausender Wald,
Surging river, roaring forest,
Starrender Fels mein Aufenthalt.
immovable rock, my resting place.
Wie sich die Welle an Welle reiht,
As wave follows wave,
Fliessen die Tränen mir ewig erneut.
so my tears flow, ever renewed.

Hoch in den Kronen wogend sich’s regt,
As the high treetops stir and heave,
So unaufhörlich mein Herze schlägt.
so my heart beats incessantly.
Und wie des Felsen uraltes Erz
Like the rock’s age-old ore
Ewig derselbe bleibet mein Schmerz.
my sorrow remains forever the same.

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Rellstab, Ludwig

Heinrich Friedrich Ludwig Rellstab was a German poet and music critic. He was born and died in Berlin. He was the son of the music publisher and composer Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab. An able pianist, he published articles in various periodicals,…

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