Gesang Weylas


Du bist Orplid, mein Land!
Das ferne leuchtet;
Vom Meere dampfet dein besonnter Strand
Den Nebel, so der Goetter Wange feuchtet.

Uralte Wasser steigen
Verjuengt um deine Hueften, Kind!
Vor deiner Gottheit beugen
Sich Koenige, die deine Waerter sind.




Eduard Moerike 1832




Weyla's Song


Thou art Orplid, my land!
In the distance thou gleamest;
From out the sea from thy sunlit strand
Vapours rise to moisten the cheek of gods.

Primeval waters rise fresh
Round about thy hips, child!
Kings, mere servants of thine,
Bow down before thee, their God.




Translation: Charles L. Cingolani          Copyright © 2013
While a student at the University of Tuebingen Moerike
and a few of his friends created for themselves a utopia
they named Orplid. It was their fictional island where
Weyla was the goddess. Whenever their studies became
too demanding or dull they went for walks in the woods
and hills around Tuebingen and would retire in their
imagination to this island to lighten their spirits and
revel in a feeling of freedom.