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Meine eingelegten Ruder triefen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Meine eingelegten Ruder triefen,
Tropfen fallen langsam in die Tiefen. 

Nichts, daß mich verdroß! Nichts, daß mich freute!
Niederrinnt ein schmerzenloses Heute!

Unter mir - ach, aus dem Licht verschwunden -
Träumen schon die schönern meiner Stunden.

Aus der blauen Tiefe ruft das Gestern:
Sind im Licht noch manche meiner Schwestern?

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Soaking oars", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Rames posées", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:41

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Word count: 51

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Soaking oars

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

My soaking oars drip;
drops fall slowly into the depths.

There was nothing to irritate me!
There was nothing to delight me!
A painless Today is running down.

Below me - alas! vanished from the light -
the fairest of my hours already dream.

From the blue depths, Yesterday calls:
"Are my many sisters still in the light?"

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825 - 1898), "Eingelegte Ruder" FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Volkmar Andreae, Hermann Behn, Jan Pieter Hendrik van Gilse, Siegmund von Hausegger, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Willy Rössel, Armin Schibler, Julius Spengel, Oskar Ulmer, Felix Wolfes. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:41

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Word count: 58