You can help us modernize! The present website has been online for a very long time and we want to bring it up to date. As of April 20, we are $4,600 away from our goal of $15,000 to fund the project. The fully redesigned site will be better for mobile, easier to read and navigate, and ready for the next decade. Please give today and join dozens of other supporters in making this important renovation possible!

The LiederNet Archive
WARNING. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net

Hertig Magnus

Language: Swedish (Svenska)

Hertig Magnus från sitt fönster
drömmande ser Vätterns bölja,
månbelyst och sval och klangrik
slottets fasta murar skölja;

tunga kval hans själ förvirrat,
att sin gode far han mistat,
och att blod i strömmar flutit
för hans bröders skull, som tvistat.

Hertig Magnus från sitt fönster
ser i vattnets ljusa dager
liten sjönymf ljufligt vagga,
sjungande och fri och fager

»Hertig Magnus,» så hon sjunger,
»kom till mig från slottet höga,
att ditt ädla sjuka hjärta
i den svala böljan löga,

låt mig kyssa få din tinning,
sköna prins, låt dig beveka,
kasta dig i mina armar,
på gullharpan skall jag leka!»

Hertig Magnus från sitt fönster,
tjusad utaf nymfens fägring,
sprang i vattnet, lät sig föras
af sin undersköna hägring,

bars omkring tills morgon grydde,
af den väna vattenanden,
och blef funnen bland violer,
oskadd, slumrande på stranden.

Translation(s): ENG FIN FRE GER

List of language codes

Confirmed with Ernst Josephson, Svarta Rosor och Gula, C. & E. Gernandts Förlags Aktiebolag, Stockholm, 1901, page 163.

Submitted by Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Theobald Rehbaum) , title 1: "Herzog Magnus"
  • ENG English [singable] (Herbert Harper) , title 1: "Baron Magnus"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , title 1: "Mauno-herttua", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le duc Magnus ", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-09-16 12:44:45
Line count: 28
Word count: 139

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Le duc Magnus 

Language: French (Français) after the Swedish (Svenska)

Le duc Magnus de sa fenêtre
Regarde en rêvant les vagues du Vättern,
Fraîches et éclatantes, qui au clair de lune
Léchent les solides murailles du château.

Une lourde angoisse trouble son âme
Car il a perdu son bon père,
Et le sang coule a flot
À cause de la querelle de ses frères.

Le duc Magnus de sa fenêtre
Voit dans la brillante lumière de l'eau
Une petite sirène se balancer doucement,
Chantonnant, libre et séduisante :

« Duc Magnus – chante-t-elle –
Rejoins-moi depuis ton auguste château,
Que ton noble cœur malade
Se baigne dans ces fraîches vagues.

Laisse-moi embrasser ta tempe,
Beau prince, laisse-toi persuader,
Jette-toi dans mes bras,
Je jouerai pour toi sur ma harpe d'or. »

Le duc Magnus de sa fenêtre
Fasciné par la beauté de la nymphe,
Sauta dans l'eau et se laissa conduire
Par son ravissant mirage,

Il fut porté jusqu'à l'aube
Par son amie des eaux,
Et fut trouvé parmi les violettes,
Indemne, endormi sur la plage.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The material directly above is protected by copyright and appears here by special permission. If you wish to copy it and distribute it, you must obtain permission or you will be breaking the law. Once you have permission, you must give credit to the author and display the copyright symbol ©. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense under international law.


  • Translation from Swedish (Svenska) to French (Français) copyright © 2014 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


    licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
    (licenses at lieder dot net)

Based on


Text added to the website: 2014-09-16 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-09-16 12:45:21
Line count: 28
Word count: 166