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Versunken, wehe, Mast und Kiel!

Language: German (Deutsch)

 Versunken, wehe, Mast und Kiel!
 Der Schiffer Ruf verschollen!
 Doch sieh, wer schwimmet dort herbei,
 Um den die Wogen rollen?

 Er schlägt mit starkem Arm die Flut
 Und fürchtet die Wellen wenig,
 Trägt hoch das Haupt mit goldner Kron,
 Er dünkt mir wohl ein König.

 Ein Königssohn, mir aber ist
 Die Heimat längst verloren.
 Erst hat die schwache Mutter mich,
 Die irdische, geboren,

 Doch nun gebar die zweite Mutter,
 Das starke Meer, mich wieder.
 In Riesenarmen wiegte sie
 Mich selbst und meine Brüder.

 Die andern all ertrugen's nicht,
 Mich brachte sie hier zum Strande.
 Zum Reiche wohl erkor sie mir
 All diese weiten Lande.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-01-18.
Last modified: 2015-06-18 14:50:50
Line count: 22
Word count: 106

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Sunk, alas, mast and keel!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Sunk, alas, mast and keel!
 The cries of the ship's crew have died away!
 But see, who is swimming toward us there,
 About whom the waves roll?
 With strong arms he parts the flood
 And has little fear of the waves,
 His head with a golden crown he carries high,
 It seems to me he is a king.
 A king's son, but I have long since
 Lost my homeland.
 First my weak mother,
 The earthly one, bore me.
 But now by a second mother,
 The powerful sea, I was born a second time.
 In giant arms she rocked
 Me and my brethren.
 The others all could not bear it,
 Me she brought here to the shore.
 It must mean that as a kingdom she has chosen
 For me all these wide lands.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2015 by Sharon Krebs, (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.


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Text added to the website: 2015-06-03.
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